Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Monday, 22 Oct 2012 03:32 PM


I read that the flu shot for 2012 will be similar in formulation to that used in 2011. Does this mean I don’t need to get the shot again this year?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

You will need to have this year’s 2012/13 vaccine to be protected properly. It is not the same as the 2011/12 vaccine, and last year's vaccination will not protect you this year. The flu shot formulation for 2012/13 has been designed to offer protection against the same A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus as the 2011/12 vaccine, but the Influenza A (H3N2) and B virus components are different from the 2011/12 vaccine. The 2012/13 vaccine also adds protection against the A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus and B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus.


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