Aug 30, 2010 10:02 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Flu vaccine arrives in southern Colorado

You may have seen a few signs the flu season is on the horizon.  Some pharmacies around southern Colorado have the flu shot available now.   Not everyone plans to get one.

"I just tend to be a healthy individual, and I never seem to get things," explains Dave Urban.

"No, I'm not going to get a flu shot this year.  The children get one because they're more out in the public.  I don't get one.  It doesn't agree with me," says Mary Beddoe.

Health experts remind us, that disagreement Beddoe and others experience is not the flu.

"Some people are a little bit more sensitive to developing antibodies.  They might feel what I call a little punky.  They have a low-grade fever, a low-grade headache, feel tired and achy," describes Michele Even, Registered Nurse with the El Paso County Health Department.

For those who plan to get the flu shot for the season, you can get it now.

"It isn't too early," says Even. "The experts believe that as long as you get a flu shot early on in the season that that flu shot will last you the entire season, which often doesn't peak until January or February."

Health experts aren't sure what the flu season is going to bring, but they do know the H1N1 virus will play a part, so his year's seasonal flu shot covers the H1N1 virus.  No need to get poked twice.

Health experts recommend the flu vaccine for anyone older than six months.  For any child younger than nine years old, talk with your pediatrician about the need for booster shots. For people like Aspen Lawson, a flu shot is simply good insurance.

"I heard stories of people dying from it and I don't want that to happen at all. It's better to be healthy than sick," remarks Lawson.

The Pueblo City-County Health Department will launch its flu hotline this week.  The El Paso County Health Department plans to receive its supply of the flu vaccine in about a month.  The health departments keep track of where you can get a flu shot in your area with a link on its website.




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