Flu season: How many shots?

Doctors don’t know yet if it will take one dose or two of vaccine to protect against the new swine flu.

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Published: Mon 31 Aug 2009, 9:04 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:36 AM

Add that to vaccine for the regular winter flu, and it could be a multi-shot season for a lot of people — or a multi-squirt season, for those who choose the FluMist nasal-spray version.

Some possibilities:

· One shot: Older adults currently aren’t on the priority list to get swine flu vaccine but they should get the seasonal vaccine, which is already available.

· Two shots: There’s a potential for the regular vaccine in one arm and the swine flu vaccine in the other, if that one requires just one dose.

· Three shots: The swine flu vaccine might require two doses three weeks apart, plus the regular vaccine.

· Four shots: There’s even this possibility for some children. Youngsters under 9 who are getting their first-ever regular flu vaccination need two doses of it.

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