A graphic outlining the priority groups for the upcoming H1N1 pandemic influenza vaccine listed "healthy adults ages 65 and older" as the lowest-priority group should the vaccine be in short supply. That group actually includes all people 65 and older, including those who have chronic illnesses. Epidemiological evidence to date suggests that older people may have significant immunity to the new influenza virus.
Federal Panel Recommends Pregnant Women Get Priority in Swine Flu Shots
On Wednesday, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that the federal government offer pandemic flu vaccine to people in this order of priority:
1. Pregnant women; household contacts and caretakers of children under 6 months old; health-care workers and emergency medical services workers; children and young adults ages 6 months through 24 years; adults ages 25 through 64 who have underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk
2. Healthy adults ages 25 through 64
3. Healthy adults ages 65 and older