You probably will need more flu shots this season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Flu season this year looks as if it's going to be more of a pain than usual.

National and local health officials predict most people will need a total of three flu shots to protect against seasonal flu outbreaks and the new swine flu.

Seasonal influenza immunization will take the typical one shot, while two more will be needed to defend against the H1N1 virus. Children under 9 years old may need four flu shots: two for seasonal influenza and two for swine flu.

Sacramento-area public health officials said seasonal vaccinations should be available nationwide by the end of August or early September — sooner than usual.

Bottom line: Experts insist that people shouldn't wait until the traditional flu season — usually starting in November — to get their first flu shots.

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