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Influenza Vaccine for 2011-2012

Annual vaccination against influenza A and B viruses is the most effective method of preventing influenza and has been shown to decrease influenza illness and complications. For the current season, a new inactivated intradermal vaccine (Fluzone Intradermal) has been FDA-approved for use in adults 18-64 years old. An upcoming issue will review chemoprophylaxis and treatment of influenza.

VACCINE COMPOSITION 2011-2012 — This year’s seasonal trivalent influenza vaccine contains the same three strains as the 2010-2011 formulation: A/California/7/2009 H1N1-like (derived from the pandemic 2009 influenza virus), A/Perth/16/2009 H3N2-like, and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like1.

WHO SHOULD BE VACCINATED — The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone ≥6 months old, including pregnant women, without ... more      

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