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Flu Vaccines To Guard Against Four Strains

September 9th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

For the first time in Maryland, certain vaccines will guard against four strains of flu rather than the usual three. Called quadrivalent vaccines, these brands may prove more popular for children than their parents. That's because kids tend to catch the newly added strain more often. These four-in-one vaccines are so new that they'll make up only a fraction of the nation's supply of flu vaccine, so if you want a dose, better start looking early. Allegany County Health Officer Dr Sue Raver said people interested in vaccine can contact their doctor. Many pharmacies will also have them in addition to all of the state health centers.  Federal health officials recommend a yearly flu vaccine for nearly everyone, starting at 6 months of age. On average, about 24,000 Americans die each flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Raver says that getting the vaccine is the best way to avoid the flu, there are other routine steps that can be taken as precautionary measures…


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