Local pharmacies are now administering flu shots

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 1:27pm

If you haven't set aside time to get your flu shot yet, you might want to start thinking about doing so.

Health experts recommend that everyone needs to get vaccinated, and the best time to do so is by October. There are several vaccinations being offered, including the nasal mist and the new Quadravalent shot. This new shot has an additional strain of the flu virus, which is thought to add better protection against getting ill.

"At this point, there's no recommendations from the CDC that is the preferred vaccine. But it is available out there for people, if they request it," said Dr. Alan Howell, Staff Physician of Infectious Diseases for Scott and White Hospital.

Area hospitals, as well as local pharmacies are offering the vaccine. Last year, the flu reportedly increased in November and peaked by late December. Those at most risk of contracting and becoming seriously ill from this virus are those over age 65 and children under five-years-old.


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