CDC encourages flu vaccination as soon as possible

Given the unpredictability of influenza and the wide number of vaccines available, agency encourages pharmacists to stay ahead of the curve.

In a recent Dear Provider letter, CDC encouraged pharmacists and other health care providers to get an early jump on preparations for the 2013–14 influenza season.

As demonstrated by the 2012–13 season, influenza activity can begin early and cause severe illness. Therefore, CDC is encouraging providers to begin vaccinating patients as soon as vaccine is avialable in their community. The flu vaccine is recommended for most individuals 6 months or older, with few exceptions.

A high number of vaccine options are available for the 2013–14 influenza season. Therefore, CDC noted that "it is increasingly important for both providers and patients to have access to the most up-to-date resources. Vaccine information for the 2013-2014 flu season is available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/vaccines.htm. All providers are encouraged to review this information and be ready to answer questions and recommend the appropriate vaccine for your patients."