OUR VIEW: There's still time to get a flu shot

Published on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:09
Written by staff

Connecticut joins 45 other states across the nation reporting widespread cases of the flu.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S is experiencing a “moderately severe” flu season. But in states like California, Indiana, Iowa, and Tennessee, people are dying from the most dangerous strain of the virus.

Five flu-related deaths have been recorded in Connecticut and we haven’t even hit the peak of the season, which comes in mid-February.

Even if you followed your doctor’s recommendation and got your flu shot, this year’s vaccine may be less effective than in previous years, the CDC noted.

Generally, the vaccine has a success rate of 39 percent, and while health officials say its too soon to tell if this year’s vaccine will be as effective, it’s still not too late to get a shot. Even if you do get the flu, the vaccine can reduce the severity of your symptoms.

Getting a flu shot should be a priority for everyone.

There is no shortage of the vaccine this year and plenty of places to get a shot. Those who can’t get to their physician’s office, can get a shot at a local walk-in clinic or drug store.

Flu vaccines make “a big difference” and will be available, and still effective, from now until March,” Donna Morris, infection preventionist and safety/emergency preparedness coordinator at Bristol Hospital, told The Press on Monday. “Not all vaccines are 100 percent effective, but partial immunity is better than no immunity,” she added.

So what are you waiting for?

Get vaccinated for yourself and for those around you and follow recommended protocols, like hand-washing, to prevent the spread of the flu for a healthier new year.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:09. Updated: Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:11.