This flu season there will be many types of vaccine available, as quadrivalent influenza vaccine has entered the market. The ACIP set interim recommendations for the 2013-2014 season with final recommendations expected prior to the onset of flu season.
More Info on Quadrivalent Vaccines
What kind of vaccines will be available in the United States for 2013-2014?
Most of the flu vaccine offered for the 2013-2014 season will be the traditional trivalent (three component). Some seasonal flu vaccines for the 2013-2014 season will be quadrivalent, which is formulated to protect against four flu viruses and will be available in addition to the trivalent formulations. Please see below (or printable PDF) for product CPT and NDC codes. At the Influenza Summit in May 2013, manufacturers gave reports on anticipated supply for this season:
- FLUARIX Quadrivalent is expected to be available in the 2013-14 season (about 10 million doses).
- FLUARIX Trivalent will also be available.
- FluMist will only be available as a quadrivalent vaccine in the 2013-14 season. It is anticipated to ship in July-August 2013.
- AFLURIA is anticipated to ship beginning in August through October.
- FLUVIRIN will be a trivalent vaccine in the 2013-2014 season. It is anticipated to ship beginning in August through October.
- Fluzone Trivalent vaccine is anticipated to ship in July and August.
- The new Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine is anticipated to ship in August and September.
- Fluzone Quadrivalent is for intramuscular use and products are available for children age 6-35 months as well as persons over 3 years of age. The vaccines were approved by the FDA on June 7, 2013 and will be available in limited quantities in the 2013-14 season.
- Practices can call or work with their sales representative to order quadrivalent vaccine on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who ordered trivalent can request to shift orders to quadrivalent, but orders will not be changed to quadrivalent automatically.
- PLEASE NOTE: the CDC does not yet have a contract for Fluzone Quadrivalent, which is why it does not currently appear on the CDC Price List. This means it is not yet available through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. Texas has ordered its first shipment of VFC vaccine, and though Fluzone Quadrivalent is not currently available through TVFC, the CDC does send out notifications for a second round of orders later in the year. If the CDC adds Fluzone Quadrivalent to the list of vaccines available during the next round of orders, TVFC will request the vaccine and may have that product available.
Several companies report that they have sold out of influenza vaccine for the 2013-14 season based on prebooking orders.