The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on July 2, 2021, one influenza-associated pediatric death occurred during the 2020-2021 flu season.
According to the CDC’s FluView reporting system, this news is far less than last flu season when (198) influenza-associated pediatric deaths were confirmed.
Furthermore, FluView’s data indicates that the currently-ending flu season recorded the lowest pediatric deaths in ten years.
As the 2021-2022 flu season approaches the Northern Hemisphere, pharmaceutical manufacturers have stated they intend to distribute about 193 million influenza vaccines in the USA beginning August 2021.
On June 24, 2021, the CDC’s vaccine committee reviewed Influenza Vaccines Expected to be Available by Age Indication, United States, 2021–22 Influenza Season, which included ‘Influenza Vaccine Contraindications and Precautions—Allergic Reactions to Influenza Vaccines or their Components.’
The most common flu shot in the Northern Hemisphere are quadrivalent vaccines that protect people against four viruses: influenza A (H1N1) virus, influenza A (H3N2) virus, and two influenza B viruses, said the CDC.
The CDC recommends flu shots each year for most people over 6-months of age.