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GSK Prepares US for 2022-23 Flu Season with Over 50 million Influenza Vaccine Doses

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GSK expects to distribute over 50 million doses of its influenza vaccine to the US market, continuing to support annual immunization across the US. Despite increased large-scale public health efforts in the 2021-2022 flu season, vaccination rates were similar to the 2020-2021 season. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data from April 2022 also showed significant disparities in vaccination coverage for many age groups and ethnicities.1

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on health disparities in the US and that there is still much more to be done to close the gap. GSK is committed to working alongside our public health partners to increase education and awareness about annual flu vaccination across the board, but especially in underserved communities of color,” said Temi Folaranmi, Vice President and Vaccines Therapeutic Area Head, US Medical Affairs, GSK.

Both FLULAVAL QUADRIVALENT and FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT will be available in a 0.5mL, single-dose, pre-filled syringe, and are indicated for patients six months and older in line with CDC recommendations.

CDC recommends an annual flu vaccination for anyone aged six months and older who do not have contraindications. According to CDC, annual influenza vaccinations are the best way to help protect against the flu.2

For egg-based influenza vaccines for the 2022-23 flu season, the World Health Organization and FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended including an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus, an A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus, a B/Austria/1359417/2021 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus and a B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus.3

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References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Weekly Flu Vaccination Dashboard. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/dashboard/vaccination-dashboard.html. Accessed July 2022.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About Flu. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html. Accessed July 2022.

World Health Organization. Recommendations announced for influenza vaccine composition for the 2022-2023 northern hemisphere influenza season. https://www.who.int/news/item/25-02-2022-recommendations-announced-for-influenza-vaccine-composition-for-the-2022-2023-northern-hemisphere-influenza-season. Accessed July 2022.

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