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When should you get your flu vaccine?


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Oct. 26, 2016 - 7:39 AM

Local doctors are ready to set the record straight about the controversy over when to get a flu shot.

Some health experts say you need to wait to get the vaccine, while others say roll up your sleeves right now and feel the pinch because it’s better to be safe than sorry.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend that everyone get vaccinated by the end of October. New options may better protect elderly patients, but nasal mist is no longer an option. Studies have proved it’s just not as effective as the sting of a needle.

Children under the age of 6, pregnant women and adults 65 or older are at high risk for serious flu complications like inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues or multi-organ failure.

Most experts think flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when someone with flu coughs, sneezes or talks. They can infect you from six feet away. People can carry the virus and risk exposing others when they show few symptoms.

Frequently touched surfaces at work or school should be cleaned and disinfected especially if someone is ill.

FLU VACCINE FAST FACTS:

  • Flu vaccine is produced by private manufacturers, so supply depends on their levels of production.

  • In June, the CDC reported the nasal mist vaccine was only 3 percent effective.

  • Flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months or older.

  • Physicians say the vaccine will not cause the flu.

  • If you do get sick, getting vaccinated may make your illness milder.