CDC Panel Recommends Swine Flu Vaccine for Those 24 and Under

July 30, 2009

A key advisory panel for the Centers and Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday that all people aged 24 and under be vaccinated against the H1N1 virus, commonly referred to as the swine flu. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises center officials on priorities for allocating vaccines when they become available, included young people among five key populations (along with pregnant women, health care employees, caretakers of infants, and adults with chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems). This recommendation, assuming it is upheld by the CDC, is likely to increase the pressure on colleges to vaccinate their students, which is sure to present major procedural and other problems for institutions (especially those inclined to try to vaccinate students against seasonal flu, too).

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