This year's flu vaccine will guard against new strains
Federal health officials said on Thursday that this year's flu vaccine contains protection against two different strains that have started to circle the globe. Last year's mild flu season is no indicator for this flu season, say officials.
An estimated 135 million doses are expected, which should be plenty for anyone who wants the protection. Flu vaccination is recommended for virtually everyone older than 6 months, but figures show only about 42% of Americans were immunized last year. Ages 65 and over are considered to be at high risk and are also urged to get the vaccination.