Flu Vaccine 2020-2021 Recommendations
Each influenza season, millions of Americans are affected by influenza, at times severely. In the United States during the 2016-2017 through 2018-2019 seasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that influenza caused 29-45 million illnesses, 14-21 million medical visits, 490,000-810,000 hospitalizations, and 34,000-61,000 deaths each season. Annual influenza vaccination is the best defense. This fall, with COVID-19 expected to co-circulate alongside influenza, getting an influenza vaccine will be more important than ever.
Here is a quick summary of this season's vaccination information. The full 2020-2021 influenza season recommendations are available on the CDC website.
Who Should Get an Influenza Vaccination?
CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) continue to recommend annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months of age or older who does not have contraindications. Any licensed influenza vaccine appropriate for age and health status can be used.
Vaccination is especially important for young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people of all ages with a chronic medical condition. For more information, visit Who Should Get Vaccinated This Season.
What's New This Season?
Two new influenza vaccines have been licensed for use in people aged 65 years and older: a quadrivalent high-dose influenza vaccine and a quadrivalent adjuvanted influenza vaccine. Previously, high-dose and adjuvanted influenza vaccines were only available in trivalent formulations.
What If Your Patient Has COVID-19?