After the severity of the last flu season, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding the public that it is important to get vaccinated to help protect those who cannot get the flu vaccine due to medical or other issues.
“We want everyone age six months and over to get a flu vaccine, which is the best way to protect oneself, your family, your friends, your community and all those you interact with,” said Nate Wardle, press secretary for the department.
The vaccine changes each year to best protect against the flu strains expected to be the strongest. Vaccine effectiveness varies from year to year. The last two vaccines were about 40 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Don’t wait until there’s an outbreak to get vaccinated.
It takes about two weeks after you’ve been vaccinated for the antibodies, which will protect you from the flu, to build up in your immune system. If you still get the flu despite getting the vaccines, research shows you won’t get as sick and you’re much less likely to die.