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Pandemic Flu

Vaccination for Swine Flu

03/02/2010

Question:

I am planning to take the swine flu vaccination for my 3 year old child. Is the swine flu vaccination for a year or will it last lifelong? Please advice.

Answer:

Swine flu vaccine would last for a year. It is recommended that people get flu shots every year because the flu virus mutates. The flu shots are changed most years based on the most recent flu virus mutations.

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Response by:

John  Andrews, MD, MPH John Andrews, MD, MPH
Assistant Senior Vice President Medical Center
Director University Health Services
University of Cincinnati