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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 09/28/2010

New flu vaccine available for seniors

By Washington Post editors

A new supercharged seasonal vaccine, Fluzone High Dose, is designed to offer people 65 years and older extra strength protection from viruses and the H1N1 Swine Flu, WAMU reports.

The new shot packs four times the amount of antigen as the standard flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that additional antigen creates a stronger immune response in the person getting the vaccine. But a study to compare the shot's effectiveness in preventing illness from influenza with the regular vaccine is still ongoing. Montgomery County will begin offering the vaccine at clinics in October. It's available now at some pharmacies and grocery chains.

Read more about the new "supercharged" flu vaccine at WAMU.

By Washington Post editors  | September 28, 2010; 12:02 PM ET
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