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March 8, 1995

Influenza Vaccine First to Reach Immunization Goal

JAMA. 1995;273(10):765. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520340017005

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IMMUNIZATION against influenza may have reached the goal set by the Public Health Service for the year 2000, making flu vaccine the first to reach so many of its target recipients.

"Preliminary data for 1994 show that we have probably immunized 60% of those aged 65 years and over," says Raymond Strikas, MD, of the National Immunization Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Ga. "It's not completely clear that we have actually reached that goal, but certainly we are closer than we have been."

See also p 769.

Strikas summarized recent progress in influenza immunization at a meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

"The last year for which we have some reasonably complete information was 1993," he said. "In that year, the number of doses of influenza vaccine used was in the range of 40 to 41 million." However, he noted, the

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