Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Do I need to get a flu vaccination this year?

Q. Now that the fuss over H1N1 swine flu has died down, do I need to get vaccinated this year?

A. You should, indeed, get vaccinated against the flu this year — and every year. That's because the viruses that cause influenza (the flu) and the vaccines against them change from year to year. The 2010 vaccine includes H1N1 and two other viruses likely to be widespread this flu season.

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