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Experts discuss options for flu vaccines

I was disappointed by the recently published recommendations and reports on influenza by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. It was an extensive document, but purposefully gave no advice on which vaccines are preferable. The committee’s statement, “No preferential recommendation is made for one influenza vaccine product over another for persons for whom more than one product is otherwise appropriate,” begs the question of what is advisable based on available information.

Donald Kaye, MD

Donald Kaye

Trivalent vs. quadrivalent vaccines

The first question relates to trivalent vs. quadrivalent influenza vaccines. Of course, there are price differences between the two types of vaccines, but price aside, the question of superiority seems to be a no-brainer. Other than price, there is no down side to the quadrivalent vaccines, but there is an upside of more protection against influenza. More»

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