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FDA advisers set vaccine for 2009-2010 flu season

WASHINGTON (KWWL) - A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel is recommending only a slight change in the flu vaccine for the 2009-2010 season from the current vaccine.

For Type A flu, the most serious kind, FDA advisers recommended no vaccine change. Next season's vaccine will protect against the same two Type A strains that are in circulation now.

But for the milder Type B strain, next year's vaccine will be slightly different. It will replace one that targets the Type B/Brisbane virus instead of the Type B/Florida strain.

The government recommends that people over 50, pregnant women, those with chronic medical conditions and children older than six months be vaccinated each year.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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