Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for the 2015-2016 Season

Lisa Grohskopf, MD, MPH


October 15, 2015

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Updated Influenza Vaccination Recommendations

Influenza is unpredictable, and it's impossible to say in advance how severe the 2015-2016 flu season will be. Influenza causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands of deaths each season.

Annual influenza vaccination is the best defense against influenza. For the 2015-2016 influenza season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) continue to recommend routine annual influenza vaccination for all persons aged 6 months or older who do not have contraindications.

We summarize the changes to the CDC's influenza vaccination recommendations since the 2014-2015 season and list some additional information on groups recommended for vaccination, timing of vaccination, vaccination of persons with a history of egg allergy, vaccine composition, and new/updated vaccine product approvals. The full recommendations are available on the CDC website.

Updated recommendations for this season include vaccine dosing for children aged 6 months through 8 years, and use of live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) and inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) when either is available, including removal of the 2015-2015 preferential recommendation for LAIV for healthy children aged 2 through 8 years.