(August 5, 2009)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met on July 29 to develop recommendations on who should receive vaccine against novel influenza A (H1N1) when it becomes available, and to determine which groups of the population should be prioritized if the vaccine is initially available in extremely limited quantities.
The committee recommended the vaccination efforts focus on five key populations. Vaccination efforts are designed to help reduce the impact and spread of novel H1N1. The key populations include those who are at higher risk of disease or complications, those who are likely to come in contact with novel H1N1, and those who could infect young infants. When vaccine is first available, the committee recommended that programs and providers try to vaccinate:
The groups listed above total approximately 159 million people in the United States.
More information about the recommendations is available at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm.