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Virginia Prepares for Seasonal Flu Vaccinations

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By Jessica Jordan

The US Assistant Surgeon General says this year, one vaccination will help protect you from the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus.

Montgomery County plans to distribute the shot this fall.

This year's H1N1 strain will be added to the seasonal flu shot.

Mary Anderson with the health department in Montgomery County says combining the two vaccines will make it a lot easier to distribute.

"This year the vaccine has been manufactured to protect against what we think is going to be out there so its gonna protect you if H1N1 is the one that's circulating and protect you if other vacines are ciruclating," she says.

She says the health department should begin offering the new vaccinations by October, and will open up adult clinics at night and on weekends.

Also new this flu season, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for anyone six months or older to get the flu shot.

"I think that what we saw in the 2009-2010 flu season was that children were most affected by the H1N1 flu," Anderson says.

People in high-risk groups such as those with asthma or diabetes are also encouraged to get the shot.

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