This year, 1 Flu Vaccine Will Rule Them All
In the next few months, the flu season will begin to be a concern again. This time though, you will only need to get a single shot of the influenza vaccine or flu vaccine to protect against the Seasonal Flu and the Swine Flu (H1N1 virus).
A few years ago, the FDA approved the new vaccine that will cover the H1N1 strain, a second more common Influenza A, and a influenza B strain. This will help decrease the number of those affected by the flu this next flu season. In addition, only one injection will be needed.
It will be very interesting to see if that same decision or availability will be allowed for this year.
The recommendation for who should get the injection, as the flu vaccine, has been given by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and their recommendation is for anyone older than 6 months to get the vaccine.
Each given year their are approximately 100 million vaccine doses for the seasonal flu. More than 200 million vaccines were ordered for the Swine Flu Vaccines. At this point it is anticipated that 170 million combination vaccine does will be produced for this next year.
Between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population, each year, comes down with the Seasonal Flu. This leads to more than 200,000 hospitalizations and about 36,000 deaths. Swine flu turned out to be less much less deadly than first feared, with only about 12,000 deaths.
Nasal mist spray, as a flu vaccine, will also be available, approximately 15 million. And recent updates in technology is pointing towards a painless patch may become available.
For a summary or recount of the Swine Flu History take a look at the following blog articles: