Flu season often kicks off in October, so the time to take action is now.
To minimize your chance of contracting the flu up to 70%, Medical Director of Infection Control at Edward Hospital, Dr. Jonathon Pinsky recommends a flu shot.
“The vaccine is based on what we have seen in previous years. So we can’t really say what’s going to happen this year but the flu vaccine is made up of all the components of previous years,” he said.
But this year, there’s a change in how kids are getting protected. Though in the past, the nasal spray mist has been a popular choice with pediatricians, this year the CDC is recommending that it not be used, as it was shown to perform poorly. That’s why now, anyone over the age of 6 months is encouraged to get the flu shot.The vaccine contains vital antibodies to fight off the disease.
Dr. Pinsky also said he doesn’t foresee a shortage of the vaccine like we’ve seen in years past.
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports.
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