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FDA Panel OKs 3 New Flu Strains for Next Year's Vaccine
Date:2/21/2008

et inoculated. The reason: The vaccine still offers partial protection and can reduce the risk of flu-related complications.

An estimated 5 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from the flu each year. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from the disease. Some people, such as older individuals, young children, and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease), are at high risk for serious flu complications, according to the CDC.

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



SOURCES: Peter C. Welch, M.D., infectious disease expert, Northern Westchester Hospital, Mt. Kisco, N.Y.; Dow Jones Newswire; Feb. 22, 2008, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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