CAMBRIDGE, MA – June 22, 2022 – For the first time, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) granted preferential recommendation for the use of differentiated flu vaccines for adults 65+. This recommendation affirms that all flu vaccines are not created equal, and that this vulnerable population requires better protection that a standard dose vaccine may not provide.
Influenza is a serious illness that disproportionally impacts people 65+ and can lead to life-threatening complications, including pneumonia, serious heart conditions, hospitalizations and death. Now the world knows that differentiated flu vaccines can provide better protection for older adults.
Christopher Rizzo, MD
U.S. Senior Medical Director at Sanofi
“We are encouraged that the ACIP has recommended tailored influenza vaccines for adults 65+, and believe this is the first step in creating clearer guidance on protection against the flu for this high-risk population. We are hopeful this recommendation will mean more adults 65+ will be immunized with a flu vaccine that is best suited for their needs. Available clinical data and real-world evidence clearly support differentiated flu vaccines as being more effective than a standard dose vaccine at preventing influenza infection, helping to lower the burden of disease and minimize health disparities in the U.S. population. We look forward to a final decision from CDC. ”
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