MEDIA REPORTER In a report published Wednesday, the US Food and Drug Administration revealed that there has been a major surge in flu vaccine demand since last year.
According to the latest data from the agency, flu vaccines have been used in a record number of US households since last December.
The latest data shows a record 7.2 million people have received flu vaccines, up from 6.5 million in December.
In fact, the total number of flu vaccines distributed to Americans increased by 4.3 million to 9.7 million in November.
FDA data also showed a significant surge in vaccine demand in the Midwest, with more than 1.3 percent of adults reporting receiving a flu shot.
That number is up from 1.2 percent of people in the state of Ohio.FDA Commissioner Julie A. Steiner said that the spike in flu vaccines demand is likely linked to increased flu season demand and a shift in the flu vaccine manufacturers from monovalent to conjugate vaccines.
While the monovalents are still the most commonly used vaccine, there has also been a decrease in the number of people who are choosing the conjugates, she said.
She added that it’s important to note that the data is preliminary and that more data will be released as the season progresses.