Pneumonia vaccine may may help with H1N1

August 4, 2009 11:02:00 AM PDT
No vaccine exists yet to protect against the H1N1 Swine Flu Virus. But, officials now think a current vaccine could reduce hospitalizations from the virus.

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The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is considering using the vaccine that currently exists to prevent pneumonia to help prevent severe flu cases as students head back to school.

Doctors say using the vaccine called Pneumovax makes sense, because most of the serious consequences linked to the H1N1 flu virus result from pneumonia.

Experts say Pneumovax could cut deaths from the flu by a third.

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