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U.S. Experts Struggle with Next Year's Flu Vaccine

U.S. vaccine experts meeting to formulate next winter's influenza vaccine said they had trouble deciding how well last year's formula worked. Various studies show the vaccine had effectiveness ranging from none at all to 60 percent. This is because U.S. government health officials and the companies that make the vaccine miscalculated, and failed to predict that a new strain called the Fujian influenza A strain would be the most common cause of infection, and they left it out of the vaccine mix. But please don't put your hopes and trust for preventing the flu next year in a vaccine that might not work and may be harmful. For more information you can check out why I never get flu shots.

Yahoo! News February 18, 2004

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