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Is it true that the flu vaccine only protects you from last years strain? Should i get the vaccine even if I have never had the flu before?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Chasing the strains

The flu mutates often and at least 5-6 strains circle the globe at any one time.
The flu vaccine is made up of 3-4 strains that cause the highest percentage of flu in the world during the jan-march period, representing the latest mutations.They are placed into closely monitored production and testing so a safe vaccine can be available in aug-sept. New strains will come along, but this protects most.

In brief: Chasing the strains

The flu mutates often and at least 5-6 strains circle the globe at any one time.
The flu vaccine is made up of 3-4 strains that cause the highest percentage of flu in the world during the jan-march period, representing the latest mutations.They are placed into closely monitored production and testing so a safe vaccine can be available in aug-sept. New strains will come along, but this protects most.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Please do get the

No, the flu shot doesn't just protect against last year's strain. Careful monitoring is done to determine the composition of the new year's flu shot.

In brief: Please do get the

No, the flu shot doesn't just protect against last year's strain. Careful monitoring is done to determine the composition of the new year's flu shot.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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