New Vaccines Aim to Help Fall Flu Fight

Source: Wall Street Journal | Page: D1

By: Reddy, Sumathi


New flu vaccine options could make it easier for people to get vaccinated, and health experts are encouraging people to do so now. This year, the new vaccines include one for people with severe egg allergies, another administered with only a skin prick via a micro-needle, a high-dose vaccine for people age 65 and older, and quadrivalent vaccines that protect against an additional Type B flu strain. Quadrivalent vaccines in the injectable form could be in short supply, however, but healthy individuals ages 2 to 49—excluding pregnant women—can receive protection against all four flu strains through quadrivalent nasal-spray vaccines. Only 42 percent of people received flu vaccinations during the 2011-2012 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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