Flu vaccinations rise sharply in both children and adults
Last winter’s dreadful flu season may have had a silver lining: Flu vaccine uptake rose sharply this fall in both children and adults, according to newly released data. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that the number of children and teens vaccinated as of mid-November was up nearly 7 percentage points over last year at that time and coverage among adults was up 6.4 percentage points. The data, which were drawn from three CDC-sponsored surveys, do not indicate whether more people will be vaccinated overall this winter — or that last year’s flu season is changing behavior this winter. The increase could mean that more people were inspired to get their flu shot sooner this year. “It’s a good sign, but it’s too early to interpret,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy. The increase in early vaccinations may be due to fresh memories of last winter. But Osterholm said other factors could also be at play.
Source: STAT News