WASHINGTON (Reuters) Oct 25 – At least 70 million doses of influenza vaccine will be available for the U.S. market this year and everybody who wants a shot should be able to get one, health officials said on Monday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opened flu vaccination to everyone on Monday, saying the priority groups, such as seniors, who need the vaccine first had been given plenty of time to get them.
“There is no reason for anyone to delay or go without their annual flu shot,” Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt told reporters in a telephone briefing.
In a statement, the CDC said that providers with adequate supplies of vaccine should broaden their vaccination efforts “to include other people, especially 50-to-64 year-olds, who are interested in getting an influenza vaccination.”
Last week the CDC reported that too few Americans are getting vaccinated against flu.
So, go get a flu shot.