“When people get these vaccines, it’s usually cold season anyways, so it’s there or already brewing”, said Dr. Livingston. Meanwhile, Delaware is reporting its first cases of the season, a month earlier than previous year. The state confirmed its first flu case a year ago in late October.
To bring this number down, people who are more at risk to getting the flu, like the elderly, are advised to get high dosages of the shot.
As per this survey, it shows that young adults have been shown to have lower flu immunization rates compared to other ages, making it less accessible for students.
The influenza viruses are constantly drifting and shifting, both between flu seasons and during them. “We strongly encourage all to get their flu shot and get it early, preferably before the end of October”.
But the CDC reports that there are several new things this season.
Flu season is right around the corner.
With this year’s season to begin in less than two weeks, officials are preparing to kick off mass flu vaccination clinics in every county.
In response to The Gulf Today question, MoHP-Preventive Medicine Department director Dr Nada Al Marzouki said that while the two kinds of vaccine-injection and nasal spray-are available across the emirates, all 76 MoHP primary healthcare centres in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah use the former. “No trivalent recombinant vaccine will be available this season”, the CDC said.
Solano County Public Health urges everyone ages 6 months and older to get the flu shot.
Also, shots made using a vaccine production technology that does not require the use of flu virus.
Regular flu shots are $29 and high-dose flu shots – made especially to protect those 65 and older – are $55.
However, it’s also possible to still get sick even if you’ve been vaccinated. The quadrivalent vaccine contains antigens from four strains of influenza virus.
If you haven’t yet received any pneumococcal vaccine you should get the Prevnar 13 first, followed by Pneumovax 23 six to 12 months later. “So those of us that are healthy individuals, to be able to get it, will protect those individuals that are not able to receive the vaccine”.