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Influenza Vaccine 2008-2009

Annual immunization against influenza A and B is the most effective method of preventing infection and has been shown to reduce influenza complications.1 Changes this year include a vaccine with three new influenza antigens and expanded age criteria to include all children 6 months to 18 years of age. An upcoming issue of The Medical Letter will review drugs for prophylaxis and treatment of influenza.

VACCINE COMPOSITION — Both the inactivated and live attenuated vaccines for 2008-2009 include three new influenza antigens. The influenza A antigens are A/Brisbane/59/2007 (H1N1)-like and A/Brisbane/10/2007 (H3N2)-like. The influenza B antigen is B/Florida/4/2006-like. The influenza A-H3N2 and influenza B strains are currently in use for the Southern Hemisphere’s 2008 season vaccine.2

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