Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Influenza vaccine questions

1. The normal influenza vaccine contains the three strains experts most likely think will dominate the flu season. Only one injection is necessary, unless the patient is a child 9 years of age or younger and that child has never received the flu vaccine before.
2. Experts recommend that everyone receive the vaccine for H1N1 in 2 injections, at least 1 week apart.
3. So people interested in prevention will receive 3 injections this year. Hopefully soon for the H1N1 vaccine, although I have not received nor been able to find any definitive dates on availability yet. I found out that Walgreens has regular flu vaccine available in some stores already.

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