Flu vaccines for (almost) everyone, CDC says

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention╒s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Wednesday voted to revise the current recommendations on who should get a flu shot next year. The new target population? Almost everyone.

Starting in the 2010-2011 flu season, the CDC will recommend that every American over the age of 6 months receive a flu vaccine. The previous guidelines covered roughly 85% of Americans, primarily the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions. The new vaccine recommendations should eliminate confusion over who should and should not get the jab, according to a CDC spokesman.

Detractors of the new guidelines argue that any shortage in the supply of vaccines would require a return to the prioritization system and, given the way the H1N1 vaccine was handled, that situation could be inevitable, reports HealthDay News. Nonetheless, the advisory panel╒s vote was nearly unanimous.