Posted by Denise on 10 12th, 2009 | 8 responses

Who Needs a Flu Shot?

Preparing for a Busy 2009-2010 Flu Season from Epocates.com

Most patients with 2009 influenza A H1N1 (swine flu) seem to have mild illness and recover without medical care or antiviral treatment.  Nonetheless, death tolls continue to rise.  CDC’s (9/29/09) reported post-mortem results from 77 fatal cases of confirmed 2009 H1N1 flu.  Evidence of concurrent bacterial infection was found in 29%, including Streptococcus pneumoniae in 10 patients.

These findings underscore the importance of pneumococcal vaccination for those at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia and the need for early recognition of bacterial super infection in flu patients.

Flu Shot

Flu Shot

View our quick reference comparison table to see who needs vaccination for 2009 H1N1, seasonal influenza A, and pneumococcus, with notes on administering multiple vaccinations.  You can also view our vaccine updates.  We all are busy this season; our drug, vaccine, and disease information offers you rapid answers when you need them most.



8 Responses to “Who Needs a Flu Shot?”

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    Thanks for the good information!
    Elise

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