Two Flu Shots May Be Needed This Fall
The World Health Organization says that patients might need to get two flu shots later this year, one to protect against the regular flu and the other to protect against swine flu, Bloomberg reports.
The move comes after the international health agency determined that it was not the best idea to try to combine a vaccine for both the regular flu and swine flu. Scientists had earlier warned that combining the vaccines into one shot would take a long time with possibly uncertain results -- the vaccine production process is cumbersome and manufacturers are already well into making the regular flu shots needed this September.
The challenge of course will be to get people to take two injections -- given that it is difficult as it is to persuade many people to take just the regular flu shot.
May 6, 2009; 12:42 PM ET
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