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Arizona Vaccine News (Jan 2018)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018  
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The intent of Arizona Vaccine News is to summarize local, national, and international vaccine information that affects Arizona.




Arizona’s Influenza Season Is Early and Large
Influenza has been widespread in Arizona since the middle of December. It is not too late to give patients influenza vaccine, since influenza will continue to spread for many months.  Influenza vaccine should continue to be offered as long as there is influenza circulating in the community. 
See CDC guidance for vaccination for the 2017-2018 influenza season in MMWR, August 25, 2017.


Influenza Vaccination Decreases Disease Severity among Hospitalized Adults
Adults who received influenza vaccine but then were hospitalized with influenza were less likely to have an in-hospital death than hospitalized patients who had not received influenza vaccine. Patients hospitalized with influenza who had received influenza vaccine had:
o Fewer intensive care unit (ICU) admissions (patients 18−49 years and ≥65 years).
o Shortened length of stay (LOS) in the ICU (patients 50 years and older).
o Shortened LOS in the hospital (patients 50 years old and above).
See the abstract in Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID), October 15, 2017.


Preliminary Influenza Vaccination Coverage for the 2017-2018 Season
By early November 2017, people who had received influenza vaccine included:
o About two of every five children and adults in the U.S.
o About 2/3 of health care personnel.
o About 1/3 of pregnant women.
Follow the links for more information about each group (Source: CDC).

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