Influenza vaccination is recommended for all patients aged 6 months and older, as long as they don’t have a contraindication, according to a report Aug. 7 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Trivalent influenza vaccines for the 2015-2016 season will contain hemagglutinin (HA) derived from an H1N1-like virus, an H3N2-like virus, and a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (Yamagata lineage) virus. Quadrivalent vaccines will contain those components, as well as a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (Victoria lineage) virus, the same virus recommended for quadrivalent formulations in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, ACIP said in a statement.
New FDA-approved vaccines include Afluria, the Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent vaccine (both approved in 2014 for adults aged 18-64 years), and an expanded age indication for Flublok, which is now indicated for adults aged 18 years and older.
The live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) should not be used in certain populations, including those aged less than 2 years or greater than 49 years; children aged 2-17 years taking aspirin; pateints with severe allergic reactions to the vaccine; pregnant women; and those with egg allergies, among others. Either the LAIV or the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) is appropriate for administration in healthy children aged 2-8 years, ACIP said.
For a detailed explanation of the recommendations, see MMWR .