Time For Flu Shots, And Some May Get A Tiny Needle

Posted Tuesday, September 6, 2011 --- 4:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's something new for the flu this year.

The first flu shot that works with a tiny needle and a less-scary skin prick is hitting the market this fall, but just for adults and in limited availability. Wider distribution is set for next year.

But there's plenty of more traditional vaccine to go around.

This year, the vaccine is a duplicate because the three flu strains that sickened people last winter are still circulating. Doctors say it's a good idea to get vaccinated again this year, because it's not clear how much of last year's immunity might be left.

A yearly vaccination is recommended for virtually everyone, except babies younger than 6 months and people with severe allergies to the eggs used to make it. That includes people who don't seem to get the flu -- they could be carriers.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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