Health Officials Choose Flu Shot Strains

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — The 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine protects against three strains of influenza, including the H1N1 influenza virus, U.S. health officials said.

Officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said vaccines for the 2010-2011 seasonal influenza contain the following strains:

– A/California/7/09 (H1N1)-like virus, or pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza virus.

– A/Perth /16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus.

– B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

Each year, experts at the FDA, World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and other institutions study virus samples and patterns collected worldwide — influenza in the Southern Hemisphere to identify influenza strains likely to cause the most illness during the upcoming flu season.

The brand names and manufacturers include: Afluria, CSL Limited; Agriflu, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics; Fluarix, GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals; FluLaval, ID Biomedical Corporation; FluMist, MedImmune Vaccines Inc.; Fluvirin, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Limited and Fluzone and Fluzone High-Dose, Sanofi Pasteur Inc.

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