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New 4-in-1 flu vaccine

12:27 PM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KARE) -- The Minnesota Visiting Nursing Association was on hand at the State Fair to help people interested in protecting themselves from the flu.

Last year was a severe flu season that sickened millions and cleared out drug aisles everywhere.

This year researchers have developed a new vaccination that covers four flu strains rather three. The vaccine, called Quadrivalent, protects two strains of type A influenza like last year's strain of H3N2 and now two strains from type B.

Dr. Ayesha Rashid at United Hospital says its too early to tell if this vaccination will provide the best protection. But researchers wanted to be prepared.

The four-in-one vaccines are so new that they'll make up only a fraction of the nation's supply of flu vaccine. And experts say that at this point its more important to get vaccinated rather than worry about which one you need.

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