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CDC Seeks Input on Flu Prevention Recommendations
New Guidance Will Combine Strategies for Seasonal, H1N1 Flu
By News Staff
The agency said an update was necessary because the overall risk of hospitalization and death among people infected with the H1N1 influenza virus is now "known to be significantly lower than pre-pandemic assumptions."
In addition, a safe and effective vaccine is now widely available, according to the CDC. The 2010-2011 trivalent flu vaccine will include the 2009 H1N1 virus.
Individuals who would like to submit written comments on the proposed guidance can do so by e-mail through July 22.
The proposed new guidance includes more than a dozen recommendations and stresses the need to vaccinate both patients and health care workers to prevent spread of the disease.
Other core prevention strategies include
AAFP Approves Universal Flu Immunization Recommendation
Academy Also Supports Use of New Pneumococcal Vaccine
Poor Flu Vaccination Rates Among Health Care Workers Imperil Patients, Colleagues
Practices, Health Facilities Should Promote Immunization, Educate Staff
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