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2011 flu vaccine: What you need to know

Flu vaccination season is in full swing. Here’s the information practitioners and patients alike will be looking for.

Fortunately, it’s virtually all good news.

Unlike past years, this year shortages of the vaccine aren’t anticipated. The cocktail of viruses included are variations of the A/California/7/2009 (H1N1), the A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2), and the B/Brisbane/60/2008 viruses — the same mix as last year.

The 2011-12 vaccine will offer protection against the most common A and B forms of influenza. The “A” forms are usually the cause of pandemics.

Shipments of the vaccine have already begun and will continue through October or until all the vaccine is distributed.

Health care professionals looking for more information should visit the CDC influenza resource center.

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