CDC sets H1N1 flu shot priority list; take a number please

By: July 30th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

The CDC yesterday established the pecking order for those individuals first in line to receive the vaccine for novel influenza A H1N1.

There are 160 million of them, since the government doesn’t think it will have enough doses initially to vaccinate every person in the U.S., according to a report by the NPR Health blog.

Don’t worry; healthcare workers make the first cut.

Here’s the list of those who will have first shot at the 120 million doses expected to be ready by late October—that’s right, even with all the attention given to pandemic influenza, the experts at the CDC know that not everyone eligible will take them up on the offer.

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts and caregivers of children under six months
  • The 14 million health care and emergency service workers in the United States
  • All children, adolescents, and young adults age six months to 24 years
  • Adults age 25 through 64 who have underlying medical conditions

Left out in the cold, so to speak, are:

  • Healthy people through the ages of 25 and 64
  • People 65 and older

Before you accuse the government of being heartless to elders, the experts on the CDC advisory committee point out that pandemic influenza studies show fewer cases of the flu among older people, according to NPR. Researchers believe that this age group has higher immunity levels to this strain of the flu.

The CDC expects more flu doses to be available in November and December for the non-priority groups and those in the first priority group who need a second dose, says the report.

Now that you know your priority level for flu protection, will you take the CDC up on the offer, or will you bypass H1N1 vaccination?


By Terry Firestone on July 30th, 2009 at 11:48 am

I have grave concerns regarding those that are over 65 years of age who have significant health conditions, such as COPD and immune deficiency diseases to name a few, as well as those who reside in group situations, such as long term care facilities. In the past, these were always the ones deemed to need the vaccine first. I pray that we are not denying those who are often the weakest
the opportunity for 1st line vaccination simply as a first step in deciding who will receive health care and who will not simply because of age.

By Nancy Muntean on August 3rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

I totally agree with Terry (comment above)and share her concerns that this is only the beginning of what we will see as this administration continues its push toward government controlled health care. The end result will ultimately be felt by the weakest in our society.

By Lisa Stamper on August 5th, 2009 at 10:00 am

The CDC bases its recommendations for who should be vaccinated on scientific evidence regarding who is currently most at risk should they contract H1N1 – not on the administrations’ goal of healthcare reform. Vaccine supply necessitates a prioritization. Once those on the priority list have been vaccinated, I have no doubt all other Americans will be offered the vaccine.

There will always be the fringe who see the worst in everything proposed. They have no facts but throw stuff out there to stoke fear in others.

By Nathan Fogg on August 31st, 2009 at 4:48 pm

People 65 and older have always been on the priority list before Obama hired Mr. Tom Frieden to take over the CDC.. That means the reason the Older people didn’t get the flu is because they were vacinated for it…Hmmmm???

So, we’re pulling the plug on grandma and grandpa are we??? Try to deny this one, Oblabba!!! oh, wait, you’re too busy these days apologizing and making friends with all our enemies and terrorists and communists!!


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