INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Local doctors urged people in central Indiana Monday to receive the new flu vaccine as soon as possible.
The new quadrivalent vaccine includes protection from four strains of the virus, rather than the traditional three. While the three-strain vaccine is still available, doctors from Community Health Network recommend the new version.
“The quadrivalent is, I think, a better vaccine because it gives you better protection against influenza B,” said Dr. Carl Pafford, a family medicine physician with Community Physician Network.
That being said, Dr. Pafford said any approved influenza vaccine is better than not receiving any immunization at all.
The quadrivalent vaccine is available in both shot and mist form.
To clear up any misconceptions, Dr. Pafford said you absolutely cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine. However, it takes up to two weeks for the immunization to take effect, meaning it is possible for you to fall ill if you were already exposed to the virus.
Doctors say aside from getting immunized, the best way to prevent the spread of influenza is quality hygienic practices, including regular hand washing and coughing or sneezing into your arm instead of hand.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 45 percent of Americans over the age of six months received the flu vaccine last year.