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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

The flu vaccine protects against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. This year's influenza vaccine contains three new influenza virus strains.

They are:

* A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus (the same strain as was used for 2009 H1N1 monovalent vaccines);

* A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus;

* B/Brisbane 60/2008-like antigens.

The 2010-11 influenza vaccine can protect you from getting sick from these three viruses, or it can make your illness milder if you get a related but different influenza virus strain.

The strain of H1N1 influenza included in the 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine in the US is the same that caused the H1N1 Pandemic "Swine" Flu in 2009. A separate vaccination for that will not be required this year.

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