New Four-Strain Flu Vaccine

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Is It Right for You?

Have you heard? There’s a new type of flu vaccine that guards against four strains of flu rather than just the usual three strains.

We have some questions about this new quadrivalent flu vaccine, of course. For instance: Is it safe? How well does it work? (A fair question, considering that last year’s vaccine was only 56% effective.) How can you tell whether it’s right for you? And will you be able to find it if you want it? (Another fair question, given last year’s shortages.)

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Seasonal Influenza

Fluvirus

The flu comes every year.  It is estimated that between 5% and 20% of Americans get it each year.  Most people get over it with no problems.  The Center for Disease Control estimate that in the U.S. more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and about 36,000 people die from the flu and its complications every year.

The flu virus was identified in the 1930s.  It probably existed for a long time before that.  Scientists classify influenza viruses into type A, B, and C – yes this was the best they could come up with.

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