-- Scott Roberts
MONDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- The 2011-12 influenza
vaccine, containing the three strains predicted most common in the
upcoming season, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Six manufacturers will be licensed to produce the vaccine, which
also includes the same viral strains used for the 2010-11 flu
season, the agency said in a news release.
The new strains include:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends
that anyone 6 months and older get the annual vaccine. Each year,
about 5 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. population develops flu,
leading to more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 to 49,000
deaths, the FDA said.
While the predicted strains may not match the strains that wind
up causing the most illness, the annual shot can still help reduce
the respiratory disease's severity and may help prevent
complications, the FDA said.
To learn more about flu vaccination, visit the
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