Flu Vaccines Available This Year - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/23/04

Flu Vaccines Available This Year

U.S. health officials are making a huge push for Americans to get a flu shot. They are saying there are no excuses not to, because this year, there are plenty of vaccines out there.

"This year, we expect to see approximately 100 million doses, 13 million doses more than last year," says Keiji Fukuda, CDC.

New numbers from the CDC show that less than half the people who need a flu shot choose to get one, something experts call a high stakes gamble since 36,000 people die every year from complications of the flu. Last year, that included 152 children, most of whom were eligible for the vaccine but did not receive it.

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