Peak flu season may not be until December or January, but now is the best time to get vaccinated, and Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County has been having a series of flu shot clinics.
A steady trickle of people of all ages showed up at Wilton Library on Monday, Oct. 19, to take advantage of getting immunized.
The nurses pricking their patients’ skin were Laura Word and Marilyn Graham, who offered two types of flu vaccine.
Exactly which strains of flu will be most common this season and how effective the vaccine will be is difficult to tell until flu season is in full swing, but Melody Matheny-Orpen of the nursing agency agrees with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that this year should be better than last year. According to the CDC, between 171 and 179 million doses of vaccine will be available in the United States this year, and all are formulated to protect against the three main flu viruses most likely to make people sick: influenza A (H1N1), influenza A (H3N2), and influenza B.
All of the 2015-16 influenza vaccine is made to protect against the following:
- An A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus.
- An A/Switzerland/ 9715293/2013 (H3N2)-like virus.
- A B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus. (This is a B/Yamagata lineage virus).