CDC doctor: It's never too early, get your flu shot now - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

CDC doctor: It's never too early, get your flu shot now

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

It comes every year, whether we want it to or not – flu season. This year, health officials are advising you to protect yourself early.

While it might seem a bit early to be talking about flu season, Dr. Ann Schuchat, from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says it's never too early.

"Last year, we had a pretty bad influenza season. It came pretty early and it came pretty hard, and we had increased demand for flu vaccine. We actually practically ran out," she said.

Flu vaccines have already arrived at many community clinics and doctors' offices. The doctor says you should get vaccinated as soon as possible. The vaccines don't wear off and are formulated to fight the worst of the worst.

Dr. Schuchat said, "There are vaccines that contain two different B strains. We're calling that quadravalent because it targets four different types of flu."

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. According to the CDC, on average, between 5 percent and 20 percent of Americans get the flu. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year.

Dr. Schuchat says she recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get vaccinated; especially, the very young and the very old. They are considered to be the most at risk.

"Vaccines are best way to protect from infectious diseases. We're lucky to have these vaccines that can keep us from getting sick or even if we don't get infected, reduce the severity of illness," Dr. Schuchat said.

Most insurance plans cover the cost of a flu shot. But, even if you don't have insurance, many drug stores offer the vaccination for as low as $20. You don't need to make an appointment.


More info:
HealthMap Vaccine Finder: Enter your zip code to find a flu vaccination near you

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Hidden Treasures: April 24

    Hidden Treasures: April 24

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:32:15 GMT
    We asked you to share your hidden treasures with us, and boy, did you ever! We got dozens of emails from viewers who wanted to know what the items they had stashed away are worth.
    We asked you to share your hidden treasures with us, and boy, did you ever! We got dozens of emails from viewers who wanted to know what the items they had stashed away are worth.
  • Weekend Event Celebrates "Anything With A Motor In It"

    Weekend Event Celebrates "Anything With A Motor In It"

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:10 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:10:13 GMT
    If you spend your days fixing up cars, reading car magazine, and dreaming about that car you've always wanted...you might be a car enthusiast.
    If you spend your days fixing up cars, reading car magazine, and dreaming about that car you've always wanted...you might be a car enthusiast.
  • Safely restrain pets with the PupSaver

    Safely restrain pets with the PupSaver

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:07 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:07:29 GMT
    Most people treat their dogs just like their children. However, when it comes to dog safety in the vehicle, many drivers are buckling the children up but not safely restraining their pets.
    Most people treat their dogs just like their children. However, when it comes to dog safety in the vehicle, many drivers are buckling the children up but not safely restraining their pets.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices