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Story Updated: Jan 30, 2013

With flu season in full swing... some timely news about the influenza vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is just out with its recommended 2013 adult immunization schedule

All adults more specifically all patients 6 months and older should continue to be vaccinated against influenza. But the big news is that mild egg allergies should no longer stop you from getting the vaccine. Patients with egg allergies should simply ask their doctor for the inactivated flu vaccine...typically given in shot form.

The second notable change involves the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine...known as the Tdap. The recommendations have been expanded to include routine vaccination of adults 65 years and older and expectant moms between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.

Finally, and for the first time, the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, which protects against pneumonia and meningitis was added to the schedule for adults with immuno-compromising conditions...like HIV, cancer and kidney disease.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the information you need to protect your health.

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