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Erratum: Vol. 51, No. RR-3

The MMWR Recommendations and Reports, "Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices," published on April 12, 2002, contained an inconsistency in the recommended timing of vaccination of target groups. In the section, "Vaccination in October and November," persons at increased risk for influenza-related complications (e.g., persons aged >65 years and persons aged 6 months--64 years with high-risk medical conditions) and health-care workers were recommended for vaccination in October. In addition, children aged 6 months to <9 years receiving influenza vaccine for the first time need a booster dose >1 month after the first dose and, thus, also were recommended to be vaccinated in October or earlier. However, in the section, "Timing of Organized Vaccination Campaigns," household contacts of persons at high risk were also included among those recommended to begin vaccination in October, but children aged <9 years receiving vaccine for the first time were not discussed.

To clarify, vaccination of the following groups should begin in October, regardless of the setting in which a person receives vaccination:

  • persons at increased risk for influenza-related complications (persons aged >65 years, persons aged 6 months--64 years with certain medical conditions, and healthy children aged 6--23 months);*
  • health-care workers;
  • household contacts of persons at increased risk for influenza-related complications (including contacts of infants aged <6 months who are not eligible for influenza vaccine); and
  • children aged 6 months to <9 years receiving influenza vaccine for the first time.

The current projected distribution of U.S. influenza vaccine for 2002--2003, on the basis of aggregate manufacturer's estimates, is 92--97 million doses, with the majority of doses expected to be distributed by the end of October. This projection is based on early estimates and might change as the season progresses. Thus, supplies are expected to be adequate for prioritization of persons at increased risk for influenza complications, their household contacts, and health-care workers for vaccination in October.

* This group also might be offered vaccination in September, if available, when seen for routine care or during hospitalization to avoid missed opportunities for vaccination.



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