SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Flu season is just weeks away and thousands of people are protecting themselves with a flu shot.
Peter Annone of Springfield told 22News he’s had such great success with the flu shot, he’d never go a year without one. “I get it every year and it seems to work well with me, I’ve had no problems at all, and no side effects. I’d strongly urge it, it’s better to be safe than sorry,” he said.
Flu season typically peaks between December and February, but 40-million doses of this year’s flu vaccine have already been shipped off to doctors’ offices, drug stores, and other locations. Since you can’t predict when an outbreak will occur, many doctors recommend getting it sooner rather than later.
Longmeadow resident Philip Harris said he’d urge people to get it as soon as it becomes available. “If the vaccines available and there’s the possibility or probability of influenza, get it, it’s a matter of common sense,” he said.
The flu vaccine contains several strains of the flu that healthcare providers predict will be prevalent that season, but those predictions aren’t always correct. Last year, thousands of people found that out the hard way, when the vaccine was only 13% effective against a nasty surprise strain.
The Centers for Disease Control says you shouldn’t write off the vaccine just yet, and East Longmeadow resident Steve Katz agrees. “From what I understand, the flu shots this year will be more effective than they have been in the past. It’s a good thing, I’m going to keep on getting them in the future,” he said.
The CDC is expecting this year’s vaccine to have a much better success rate than last years. On average, flu shots are between 50% and 60% effective.
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