Health Watch - Flu: H1N1

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If you want to protect yourself from the flu this winter, now is the time to take action. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about preventing and treating the flu, as well as how the flu can affect certain groups.

The flu season usually runs from the fall through the winter, and it can take a couple of weeks for the vaccine to take full effect. This is the time to get your flu shot so you’ll be fully protected in time for flu season. Last year, the big concern was the H1N1 flu. Dr. Richard Scheuermann, a pathologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the H1N1 virus isn’t any more dangerous than other flu viruses. The problem was that it was different enough from other seasonal flu viruses that our immune systems had no protection against it, either from previous vaccinations or previous bouts with the flu. This year’s seasonal flu vaccine includes protection against the H1N1 virus, as well as two strains of seasonal flu.


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