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Doctors Say It Is Time To Get Flu Shots

This year's shots offer protection against four strains of the flu

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Even though it seems early, many doctors say now is the time to get a flu shot.

Now that Labor Day has passed, some doctors say it‘s time to get your flu shot, well ahead of the start of flu season. The vaccine is available already at many clinics, and some flu shots offer added protection this year. There are some vaccines that protect against four strains of flu rather than three, which has been typical since the 1970‘s. Both of the ‘A‘ strains of flu have always been covered by the vaccine, but according to Dr. Christopher Belcher, a pediatric infectious disease physician at Peyton Manning Children‘s Hospital in Indianapolis, there are two families of B, and in the past decade or so, the World Health Organization guessed wrong 50 percent of the time which strain would be in there.

Belcher says many clinics have the four-strain variety of the vaccine, though some still provide the shots that only cover three strains of flu. There is also a new version of the flu vaccine that is not made using eggs, which has prevented those with egg allergies from getting flu shots in the past. However, the egg-free vaccine is only approved for people 18 or older.

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