This Year's Flu Vaccine Guards Against New Strains
September 27, 2012
By Laura Neergaard, AP Medical Writer
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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