Record number of flu vaccines expected
A record number of flu vaccine doses - 132 million - will be available this flu season, officials from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention disclosed this week. They are urging more at-risk people and healthcare workers to receive them.The percentage of people receiving the vaccine has declined in recent years. During the 2005-2006 season, all states reported lower immunization rates than the targeted national average of 60% American adults who showed a vulnerability to the flu.
Only 40% of medical care personnel -- another key population -- received the vaccination in 2005-2006. The nursing home industry has increasingly supported resident and staff vaccinations as a way to minimize infections.