This year’s procedure for getting your flu shot should be much simpler than last year’s. With the H1N1 and the seasonal flu vaccines combined, patients can expect to receive it as an all-in-one shot.
While the official flu season may still be a few months away, DHEC spokesman, Adam Myrick says it’s never too early to protect yourself from the virus.
It’s important for everyone to remember that the flu is a major problem in this nation and in SC, each year, about 700 people or so die from the flu or flu-related complications. About 36,000 people die in our country.
Myrick says now is a good time to check into getting your shot.
A number of private physicians have vaccine supplies already in their offices, some of the national retail pharmacy chains have it as well. And it’s coming to our DHEC public health departments. It’s not there yet. We are waiting on it. We will get it, and we would recommend again, people if they are ready to go ahead and protect themselves against the flu, to go ahead and get the vaccine.
Being prepared for the flu season is the best measure, since experts can only agree on how unpredictable the infuenza virus can be.
The flu vaccine changes a little bit every year because scientists, doctors, researchers, they look and see what strains of the flu are most likely to be prevalent here in this part of the world based on what happens previously in other parts of the world. So, it is a recipe, if you will, that is “cooked-up” so to speak, each year. But this year’s flu vaccine does include the H1N1 strain of the flu, or it does protect you in that.
“So just one vaccine, this year, is all we expect,” reiterates Myrick. “Unless something else changes tramatically like it did last year with H1N1. But it does look like one vaccine this year and again, those are coming in right now. And the best time to protect yourself is now!”
Health Officials are urging nearly everyone to get vaccinated and recommend contacting your private health care provider or checking with your DHEC county public Health Department to get on a schedule.