Patients not certain about reliability of flu shot as flu season begins

MGN Online
Monday, September 23, 2013 - 3:07pm

It's officially fall and doctors say now is the time to get a flu shot.
It's something you hear every year, but the Centers for Disease Control said this year's vaccines are different.

Some swear by it.  Others against it.

"It's better than getting sick," said West El Pasoan, Signey Kligman.

"I don't think it works," said Central El Pasoan, Fallon Cisneros.

Doctors say everyone should get a flu shot, no matter their opinion.

"We'd like the public to think, everybody from 6 months up should really get an annual flu shot," Dr. Richard Kuehne said.

The earlier in the year, the better.

"The C.D.C. says the season generally runs from October through May, with the peak around February for most years," Dr. Kuehne said.

The signs telling you to get your flu shot surround on street corners and at pharmacies.  There are two kinds of vaccines out this year.  One, protects against three flu strains and one protects against four.

Some don't think the shot isn't worth it, no matter how inexpensive or convenient it is.

"I don't want to do it, because I feel that every time I get it, I end up getting sick, Cisneros said.

"It's not perfect science, but it's as good of science as we have." said Dr. Kuehne.

Officials from the C.D.C. haven't made a prediction about this year's flu season yet. Last year's was above average.  The season has begun, and with conflicting opinions on the vaccine and it's usefulness, we'll all just have to decide for ourselves.

Immunize El Paso will visit many schools to offer shots during the next few weeks.  Attached is the information and schedule.

 

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