The start of the flu season is around the corner and health officials say it’s time to start thinking about getting vaccinated.
Wood County public health nurse Jean Rosekrans says nearly everyone should be getting the shot. “The recommendation from the CDC is still everyone over six months should be vaccinated against the flu. The vaccine is still one of the best ways to prevent influenza.” Getting the vaccine helps keep not only yourself safe, but those around you who might not be able to take a vaccine.
This year the vaccine won’t just be a shot. Rosekrans says that they will also be getting a nasally administered shot for kids. “The studies that are coming out are looking that this nasal spray may work better than the flu shots in younger children.” The CDC is recommending that for kids who are 2 to 8 years of age.
Also, recent changes at the federal level mean that the county health departments will only be able to administer flu vaccines to uninsured minors. “If somebody does have insurance, they should contact their healthcare provider and they can receive the vaccine through their provider.”
Rosekrans says if you have questions, you should contact your local health department or call your primary physician.