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H1N1 “protection” added to next season’s flu shots
Christine S. Moyer
March 9, 2010
At the peak of the influenza A(H1N1) virus epidemic last year, Atlanta internist Sandra Fryhofer, MD, had to refuse vaccine for some patients because they did not fall into the priority groups set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That shouldn’t be a problem during the next flu season, as the Food and Drug Administration has decided to include a pandemic 2009 H1N1 virus in the Northern Hemisphere’s 2010-11 seasonal influenza vaccine.
“This will make vaccine strategies much simpler so we can focus on getting people vaccinated and protected rather than trying to figure out which group they’re in or should they get [the vaccine] now or later,” said Dr. Fryhofer, clinical associate professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and a member of the American Medical Association Council on Science and Public Health.
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