Medical experts say that now is a better time than ever to get vaccinated to prevent the flu.
This year, there are new flu vaccines for people of all ages and at highest risk of infection.
Raleigh Urgent Care Physician Dr. Alan Mask said that people should get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“I think the ideal time is during the month of September and during the month of October,” he said. “The vaccine takes about two weeks to kick in, and it lasts for about six months.”
Mask said there are now three vaccine options. A quadrilateral injectable vaccine consists of two strains of influenza type A and two strains of influenza type B. It is a classic vaccine that most people should be 6 months and older.
Similar strains occur in the form of high doses of the vaccine for people over 65 years of age, but with a greater boost to the immune system. “It contains about four times as much antigen, the substance that stimulates the immune system to fight the virus,” Mask said.
For those who want to avoid needles, a nasal spray vaccine is an option, but only for those between 2 and 49 years of age. Unlike other forms of the vaccine, which use the dead form of the flu virus, nasal spray contains a weak live virus. For that reason, it is not recommended for pregnant women.
Mask said that COVID-19 has lost its life and we should not allow the flu to get any more.
“Flu is a serious condition,” he said. He said, “Last year some 80,000 people died in this country alone from the flu. We want to keep one thing in bed – the flu. And if we can do that now, our best option is getting that shot.” ,” They said.
The effectiveness of the flu vaccine varies from year to year, but according to the CDC, recent studies suggest that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu disease by between 40 and 60%. If you experience shot and later flu symptoms, the vaccine will reduce the severity of the symptoms.