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Flu Season Preparation Comes Early
Date:8/31/2009

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts offers information about preparing now for the upcoming flu season

Boston, MA (Vocus) August 31, 2009 -- The emergence of the new H1N1 (swine) flu puts increased emphasis on preparing early for the upcoming flu season. The seasonal flu vaccine will be available earlier this year, and people are urged to get their flu shot as soon as possible. Since both the seasonal flu and the new H1N1 (swine) flu can cause severe illness, hospitalizations, and even death, it is important to know if you are recommended to receive either or both flu vaccinations, understand prevention techniques, identify symptoms, and learn how to treat yourself if you do become sick. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' (BCBSMA) Prevention and Wellness Program offers the following tips and facts about the upcoming flu season.

Get Vaccinated
Vaccines play an important role in the effort to fight influenza. This year, in addition to the seasonal flu vaccine, the U.S. government is taking steps to manufacture a novel H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine. While the seasonal flu vaccine is expected to begin to be available in late August, the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine is should be available sometime in October.

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