Manufacturers plan ahead to ensure that millions of Americans can be vaccinated each flu season.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 5-20% of Americans get the flu each year, resulting in hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and another several thousand deaths. Because it can be such a crippling illness — especially for children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems — the CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months receive an influenza vaccine before flu season begins.
Manufacturing and distributing flu shots to the masses is no small task, however. It’s a complicated process that demands methodical planning throughout the year, complex manufacturing and distribution strategies, and a highly efficient supply chain. As you weather this flu season, we’ll walk you through the processes that ensure access to vaccinations, thereby protecting the general public against this common but debilitating virus.