State health officials widen vaccination recommendations

Health officials say all Californians older than 6 months should get the flu vaccine this year, broadening
recommendations from previous years.

State epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez says this year's influenza vaccine, Trivalent, will protect against the H1N1 virus, and two other strains of the virus. In the past, flu vaccines were encouraged for immune-compromised populations, like the elderly.

The state is now experiencing sporadic flu activity, which is expected to increase in fall and winter. Statewide, 1.8 million free vaccinations will be given through the Vaccines for Children program, and another 800,000 free doses are being distributed to local health departments.

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