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This Year's Flu Vaccine Guards Against New Strains

September 27, 2012

By Laura Neergaard, AP Medical Writer

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WASHINGTON - Time to get your flu vaccine. And remember: Last year`s shot won`t protect you this year.

Federal health authorities said Thursday that this year`s vaccine contains protection against two different strains that have begun circling the globe. And just because flu was mild last winter, doesn`t mean it won`t bounce back with its usual ferocity this winter.

With 135 million doses expected, there`s plenty of vaccine to go around.

Flu vaccination is recommended for virtually everyone older than 6 months of age. But the government says just 42 percent of Americans were immunized last year.

The good news is that three-quarters of babies and toddlers were vaccinated. But even though people 65 and older also are at very high risk, just two-thirds were vaccinated.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story image: Pharmacist Elizabeth Chasko administers a flu shot as part of the Flu + You initiative led by the Orange County Office on Aging to educate adults 65 and older about the seriousness of the flu and the vaccine options for this age group on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Orlando, Fla. Scott A. Miller /AP Images for NCOA

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