Panel awaits safety data for flu vaccine in infants. (Aiming for 2004 Recommendation)

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Date: Nov. 15, 2002
From: Family Practice News(Vol. 32, Issue 22)
Publisher: Jobson Medical Information LLC
Document Type: Article
Length: 622 words

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ATLANTA -- Influenza vaccination for 6- to 23-month-old children is likely to remain merely "encouraged" for several more flu seasons, possibly meriting "recommendation" in 2004.

At a meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, committee members decided to wait for more data on the safety, efficacy, and feasibility of incorporating the influenza vaccine into routine practice before voting for a universal recommendation. "[ACIP's influenza] working group was concerned about limitations in efficacy data," said Dr. Bonnie M. Word, who chaired the group.

The CDC will look at additional safety and efficacy data, and at least one feasibility study is set to begin soon. If all goes well, a full recommendation for flu vaccine in 6- to 23-month-olds could come in time for the fall 2004 season, ACIP members decided without officially voting. "For 2003, we wanted to continue to use the language 'encourage,'" said Dr. Word, a pediatric...

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