After a rough flu season last year in central New York, doctors say this year’s flu vaccine will have some changes in hopes of being more effective.
According to the Onondaga County Health Department, last year there were more than 3,000 flu cases from October 2017 through May 2018. The highest number of patients were after the turn of the year, in January and February.
“Hopefully we wont see those same numbers again,” said Karen Johnson, Onondaga County Health Department.
Getting a vaccine is a personal choice and doctors say though it is not always effective, it is important to get one. “(The vaccine) is not 100 percent. In a good year it is 50 percent. In the past several years it has been anywhere from 19 to 49 percent effective,” said Dr. Jarrod Bagatell, director of Upstate’s Employee/Student Health Office. Last year it was 36 percent. but any percent is better than no percent.”
Dr. Bagatell says it takes about two weeks for the body to build protection after you get the vaccine.
Those who are most vulnerable to the flu are elderly people, young children and those with respiratory issues.