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Flu shot with smaller needle for new season

The first flu shot that works with a tiny needle and less-scary skin prick hits the market this fall.
September 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new flu shot may take some of the sting out of getting the vaccine.

The first flu shot that works with a tiny needle and less-scary skin prick hits the market this fall. So far it's just for grown-ups.

There are still plenty of other varieties to go around, including the needle-free, squirt-in-the-nose option. There's also a special high dose shot for seniors.

At least 166 million doses of flu vaccine are expected to be produced this year. This year the vaccine is a duplicate because the three strains that made people sick last year are still going around.

A yearly vaccination now is recommended for virtually everyone, except babies younger than 6 months and people with severe allergies to the eggs used to make it. Last year, 49 percent of children and 41 percent of adults were vaccinated.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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