Saturday, January 6, 2018

Is it too late to get the flu shot?

     The simple answer is no. It is not too late to receive the flu vaccine if you or your child has not yet received it this season.
     The influenza season started early this year. By late November, a number of cases were appearing in Central Ohio. The season usually runs from December through March.
     Although a report out of Australia reported that the vaccines effectiveness versus the H3N2 strain (one of 4 in the vaccine) was only 10% last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the U.S. effectiveness was between 30-40% (significantly better) and it is likely going to be closer to that percentage in the U.S. this influenza season. Here is a link to more information from the CDC.
     We have been out of the vaccine since early November. But there are other ways to get the vaccine:
1. The Franklin County Health Department is able to give the vaccine to those 6 months and above. You can schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine by calling 614-525-3719 or going to to make an appointment.
2. The urgent cares staffed by nurse practitioners (such as Minute Clinics) are able to give the vaccine to children 18 months or 24 months and above (it varies). Check here for more information.
3. Many pharmacists are able to give the flu vaccine to those 7 years of age and above. Check with your favorite pharmacy for more details.

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