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Don't Skip This Year's Flu Shot: CDC
Date:8/18/2011

eedle, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which approved it in May.

Last month, the CDC said the targeted flu strains for 2011-2012 are:

  • A/California/7/09 (H1N1)-like virus (pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza virus
  • A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus

Dr. Lisa Grohskopf, an epidemiologist at the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, stressed the importance of getting the 2011-2012 flu vaccine. "If we are looking on an individual basis, we can't tell how quickly antibodies will decay after the vaccine, but we do know that immune response will drop over the course of a year," she said. "You can't count on that vaccine protecting you for a second season."

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on the 2011-2012 flu vaccine.

SOURCES: Lisa Grohskopf, M.D., M.P.H., epidemiologist, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Carolyn Bridges, M.D., associate director, adult immunization, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Aug. 18, 2011, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


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