The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on July 2, 2021 that one influenza-associated pediatric death occurred during the 2020-2021 flu season.
According to the CDC’s FluView reporting system, this news is much less than last flu season when (198) influenza-associated pediatric deaths were confirmed.
In addition, FluView’s data indicates that the flu season that is currently coming to an end registered the lowest number of pediatric deaths in a decade.
As the 2021-2022 flu season approaches the Northern Hemisphere, pharmaceutical manufacturers have stated they plan to distribute approximately 193 million flu vaccines in the U.S. by August 2021.
On June 24, 2021, the CDC’s Vaccine Commission reviewed the flu vaccines expected to be available by age indication, United States, the 2021-22 flu season, including “Contraindications and Precautions to Flu Vaccine – Allergic Reactions to Flu Vaccines or Their Components ‘.
The most common flu shot in the Northern Hemisphere is quadrivalent vaccines that protect people against four viruses: influenza A (H1N1) virus, influenza A (H3N2) virus and two influenza B viruses, the CDC said.
The CDC recommends flu shots every year for most people over 6 months of age.