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Some flu vaccines promise a little more protection

Washington (AP) It's time to get your flu vaccine, and some brands promise a little extra protection this fall.

For the first time, certain vaccines will guard against four strains of flu rather than the usual three.

They're called quadrivalent vaccines, and they're so new they'll make up only a fraction of the year's supply.

All the nasal spray vaccine sold in the U.S. this year will be the four-strain kind, and a few varieties of shots.

Specialists said that's just one of many flu vaccine options to choose from, but not necessarily a better one.

The government recommends a yearly flu vaccine for nearly everyone, starting at 6 months of age.

Early fall is the ideal time, so protection kicks in before flu starts spreading.

 
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