As flu season looms, Greenwich urges residents to get flu shots

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While a limited supply of the nasal flu vaccine may be available in the USA, the CDC cautions health care providers and the public that only injectable flu shots, which have been updated to match circulating viruses as closely as possible, are recommended for the 2016-2017 flu season.

The Sedgwick County Health Department will offer flu shots at its clinic at 2716 W. Central beginning September 19.

Beginning in October, DPH officials will begin to report weekly influenza activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects that drug companies have produced enough flu vaccine to meet the typical USA demand, between 157 million and 168 million shot doses. Please note, the intranasal mist vaccine will not be offered at 2016/2017 flu vaccination clinics, based upon a nationwide recommendation.

Sorry, little one, this news is going to pinch for a couple of seconds: This year's flu vaccine will probably have to come in the form of a shot, not those two little puffs up the nose. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of developing flu complications, and their close contacts. This decision was made in light of concerns about poor vaccine effectiveness against influenza in the USA during recent seasons. Influenza's intensity varies annually, with the CDC saying deaths associated with the flu have ranged from about 3,300 a year to 49,000 during the past 31 seasons. On Saturday, flu shots will be available from 8-11 a.m.

Garrett also said that for those patients over 65, a high does vaccine is also available that is proven to have better protection for them. These days, that can be as early as August in many places across the United States. Time Warner Cable News reporter Kaitlyn Lionti shares what's different with the vaccine this year, and why it's highly recommended.

The changing leaves not only signal the approach of fall but also the flu season. A less-than-ideal match against the virus may result, but vaccination can still provide some protection against influenza illness.

It is very hard to predict the extent of each flu season. "Whereas, for people 65 and older whose immune systems tend to weaken with age, the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine has four times the amount of protective antigen". Adequate supplies of flu vaccine are expected to be available for this year's season.

Older people are the ones who might experience a loss in effectiveness as the season progresses. "If you can't wait and the only chance is to get it in September, then go ahead and get it".

Neither does the argument that getting the flu naturally is somehow better.

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