Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Look What Just Flu In

Great. For the first time in years we have plenty of flu vaccine and it turns out not to be of much use.

…this year’s flu vaccine, formulated by drug companies far in advance of flu season, doesn’t seem to be as effective in targeting the influenza strains running rampant in Illinois and nationwide, according to Dr. Craig Conover, medical director of health protection for the state Department of Public Health.

I’m not blaming anyone, it’s just too bad. But why this later in the story?

It’s not too late to get a flu shot, and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health has plenty of vaccine available at 2501 N. Dirksen Parkway and 1415 E. Jefferson St., according to department director Jim Stone.

But the shots take two weeks to begin producing benefits and at least six weeks before reaching peak effectiveness, so Stone said people should consult their doctor on whether getting a flu shot will be worth the effort.
Are we expecting another strain of the flu to hit? If not, why bother?

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