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What to expect this flu shot season (2010/ 2011)

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Clearly, the 2009/2010 flu season was an unusual one.  The sudden appearance of H1N1, the lack of a vaccine, the decision to manufacture a vaccine and then its’ delayed arrival, all lead to a flu vaccination season like no other.  What’s on the horizon for the 2010/2011 flu vaccination season?  It may be early to say but we know the following:

1.  H1N1 is one of the three strains to be included in the seasonal flu vaccine.

2.  Vaccine prices have gone up.

3.  Nursing costs have also increased.

The WHO delivered the strains to the manufacturers on time but it is too soon to know how well the strains are growing.  We’ll get early reports from the manufacturers in about two weeks at the CDC/ AMA National Flu Vaccination Summit.

Last year, we saw the highest uptake of seasonal flu vaccine in history with nearly 40% of the US population getting their seasonal flu shots.  Let’s see if we can’t build on that this year.

A nasty flu season

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

You’ve already heard that this is a nasty flu season. What makes this flu season so nasty – particularly for employers? Is there anything you can do about it now? Several employers a day are calling to talk about:

  • widespread employee absences
  • a cacophony of sneezing and coughing
  • delayed projects and lower productivity


We’ve reached the peak of flu season and it is a nasty one. This flu season is as nasty as it is in part because it arrived slightly later than usual which always makes it worse. Then, we found that there is a poor match between the vaccine and the main strain of flu that is circulating.  Is there anything an employer can do at this point? Yes! It may be too late for flu shots to be cost effective but: (more…)