Friday Flu Facts: NFID Press Conference Highlights Important Data

NFID is committed to increasing public awareness of the importance of annual influenza vaccination #FightFlu

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The National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID) held a special press conference yesterday where expert panelists spoke frankly about the seriousness of influenza and the importance of annual flu vaccination as our best means of protection.  Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led by example by getting his own influenza vaccination after revealing some interesting data points about last year’s flu vaccine coverage:

NFIDFreidenFluShotphotoOverall we continue to see an encouraging upward trend in flu vaccination coverage.  

  • In total, 46.2 percent of the entire U.S. population age 6 months and older was vaccinated during the 2013-14 season (which is up 1.2 percentage points from last year).
  • Coverage was highest among children younger than 5 years old (70.4 percent) and adults age 65 years and older (65 percent).
  • There was an increase in coverage among school-aged children, up 3 percentage points to 55.3…

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