With the flu season just around the corner, doctors are beginning to urge people to take preventative measures as soon as possible. This year’s flu vaccine is a little different than last year’s.
Each flu season brings on different strands of viruses. Doctors said there are four different viruses represented in the flu vaccine. Two of them were changed for this year, based on the viruses in the southern hemisphere, since they experienced flu season before we do, in the north.
“It’s very important, on a yearly basis, to get the flu vaccine,” Dr. Justin Nistico, Infectious Disease attending at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, said. “Everybody over the age of six months should get the flu vaccine every year.”
Some doctors have hopes that this vaccine will be more effective.
They also encourage patients to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
“The season was very extended last year, this year it may start early, and the earlier the people get their vaccine, the better off their going to be.” Michael Gum, Assistant Director of Pharmacy at the Guthrie Clinic, said.
Doctors say the elderly, the young, and those with respiratory issues are most prone to the viruses.
Those looking to get the flu vaccine can do so from the Guthrie Clinic or local drug stores, such as CVS.