SILVER SPRING, Md., July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has approved vaccines for the 2010-2011 influenza season in the United States.
Seasonal influenza vaccine protects against three strains of influenza, including the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, which caused the 2009 pandemic. Last year because the 2009 H1N1 virus emerged after production began on the seasonal vaccine, two separate vaccines were needed to protect against seasonal flu and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu virus, but this year, only one vaccine is necessary.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population develops influenza each year, leading to more than 200,000 hospitalizations from related complications and about 36,000 deaths.
"The best way to protect yourself and your family against influenza is to get vaccinated every year," said Karen Midthun, M.D., acting director of FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. "The availabi