Niagara Gazette — “People shouldn’t worry about (just) getting the old-style vaccine,” Heinrich said. “Getting a vaccination is the most important thing. Even if you get the trivalent, it still boosts your immune so even if you’re exposed to the extra type B, you may still be able to fight it off.”
Peak flu season is usually between January and February, but Heinrich warns that the virus will likely get started sometime in October and could last until May. The best time to get inoculated, he said, is a couple weeks before flu season begins.
“Once you get vaccinated, it could take two weeks or more until you develop antibodies,” he said.
But, people can still get vaccinated early into next year since the virus still makes the rounds through May.
There’s no worry this year of any shortages of the trivalent vaccine like there was in previous years, Heinrich added.
The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months old should get the flu vaccine, particularly those who are more susceptible to the virus. Children under the age of 4, adults over the age of 50, people with asthma, the obese, women who will be pregnant during the flu season, and those who have liver, kidney and lung disorders should get vaccinated.
People who have a severe allergic reaction to chicken eggs, have Guillain-Barré Syndrome or who have had a negative reaction to the flu vaccine in the past should avoid getting vaccinated.
Visit www.cdc.org to view a complete list of who should and shouldn’t get vaccinated, or talk to your doctor.
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