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Flu shot clinics begin next week in Mahoning County

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - If you're looking to get prepared for flu season early this year, the Mahoning County District Board of Health has listed a number of available dates and times to get vaccinated.

Clinics are set to open as early next Monday around the Valley and will be available through November.

 Who should get the flu vaccine?

Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older (for children aged 6 months through 8 years, 2 doses are recommended, one month apart, the first year that they get flu vaccine).

 

Prior to this year, the flu vaccine has contained 3 influenza virus strains, 2 A strains and 1 B strain. It was called a trivalent vaccine. This year the flu vaccine contains 4 virus strains, 2 A strains and 2 B strains. It is called quadrivalent flu vaccine. The additional B strain has been added because past vaccine "failures" have been associated with B virus strains that were not circulating when the vaccine components were selected in the January prior to the beginning of flu season. Furthermore, B strains account for a large share of the illness and death seen in the infant population. Therefore, the quadrivalent vaccine is now the recommended vaccine for ages 6 months through 64 years old. People over 65 years old are not as seriously affected by the B strain virus because of their lifetime experience with B viruses so the high dose vaccine for people 65 years and older remains a 3-virus, trivalent preparation.

 

The Mahoning County District Board of Health will have the following flu vaccines available this season:

• Quadrivalent flu shots for individuals 6 months through 64 years;

• Quadrivalent nasal spray vaccine for those 2 years to 49 years who do not have a chronic illness like asthma or diabetes;

• Trivalent short needle intradermal and high-dose vaccine;

• State supplied VFC Program Quadrivalent vaccine for ages 36 months and older (both intramuscular and intranasal);

• Pediatric trivalent vaccine for infants 6 to 35 months.

NOTE: All vaccines are now preservative free.

For a full list of locations and times, check out the full release from the department.  

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