Early flu shot season may come with 3 jabs

August 7, 2009 7:23:12 AM PDT
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Instead of just one dose of flu vaccine, doctors are recommending as many as three separate shots. They say most people will need one shot for the regular seasonal flu and probably two others to protect against the new swine flu.

Experts are suggesting people get the first shot soon, even as early as this month.

As for the swine flu vaccine, health officials say the first batches are on track for delivery starting in September. Scientists believe the shots will be most effective if given in two doses, about three weeks apart. Ongoing testing should confirm that.

As for combining swine flu and seasonal flu in one shot -- it's theoretically possible, but it was too late to try it this year.

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