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CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has identified target populations for immunization against novel influenza A (H1N1). When vaccine first becomes available, ACIP recommends programs and providers aim to vaccinate:
- Pregnant women,
- People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age,
- Health care and emergency services personnel,
- Persons between the ages of 6 months through 24 years of age, and
- People from ages 25 through 64 years who are at higher risk for novel H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.
The key populations include those who are at higher risk of disease or complications, those who are likely to come in contact with novel H1N1, and those who could infect young infants. ACIP also released a similar, but more specific list of priority populations applicable if the vaccine initially has limited availability. For more information, visit the ACIP meeting website.
"The top-priority group includes about 160 million people and contains five populations: pregnant women; household contacts of children younger than 6 months; health-care and emergency medical services workers; everyone 6 months to 24 years old; and people 25 to 64 who have conditions that put them at higher risk of serious infection and death." .......Clinical trials in which the prototype vaccine will be tested in hundreds of children and adults are just beginning. Data on the effectiveness of one shot will be available in mid-September; two shots, in late September. Washington Post
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