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Flu Shots 101

September 15, 2019


OF VACCINES AVAILABLE. CBS 2’S DR. MAX GOMEZ IS HERE NOW TO SORT IT ALL OUT FOR US. YOU KNOW, NEEDLEPHOBES PEOPLE WHO HATE NEEDLES. UNFORTUNATELY FOR THOSE FOLKS THAT NASAL SPRAY VACCINE IS NO LONGER RECOMMENDED. BUT LET’S START OUT WITH SOME DEBUNKING FLU SHOT MYTHS. YOU CAN’T GET THE FLU FROM THE VACCINE. IT’S MADE WITH DEAD FLU VIRUS. NOW, WHILE THE VACCINE MAY NOT BE PERFECT, IT DOES WORK WELL. IT’S HAPPENING AT CLINICS, PHARMACIST, DOCTORS’ OFFICES AND SENIOR CENTERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THE ANNUAL PUSH TO GET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE VACCINATED AGAINST INFLUENZA. EXPERTS SAY THIS SEASON COULD BE SERIOUS! BECAUSE OF WHAT FLU IS JUST LIKE IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE THIS SUMMER, IT WAS WINTER IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE DOWN IN AUSTRALIA. AND THEY HAD A VERY BAD FLU SEASON. AND THAT’S SOMETIMES PREDICTING WHAT WILL HAPPEN HERE. Reporter: DR. WILLIAM SHATNER IS A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED VACCINE EXPERT WHO SAYS THERE’S A STRONG REASON TO GET VACCINATED THIS YEAR. IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A VERY GOOD MATCH BETWEEN WHAT’S IN THE VACCINES WE’RE USING NOW. WE ANTICIPATE THAT THE DOMINANT STRAIN WILL BE A SO- CALLED H3N2 STRAIN AND I MENTION THAT BECAUSE IT CAUSES MORE SEVERE ILLNESS GENERALLY. BUT ESPECIALLY IN ELDERLY, 65 AND OVER, MORE HOSPITALIZATIONS AND MORE DEATHS. Reporter: AND THAT STRAIN IS IN ALL THE VACCINES THIS YEAR BUT THIS YEAR, THERE ARE SOME OPTIONS. SOME CONTAIN THREE STRAINS OF VIRUS. BUT A NEWER TYPE CALLED QUADRA VALIN VACCINE OFFERS A FOURTH STRAIN FOR WIDER PROTECTION. ASK FOR THE QUAD IF POSSIBLE. BOTH ARE GOOD. ANOTHER CHANGE, THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF FLU SHOTS, SPECIFICALLY FORMULATED FOR PEOPLE 65 AND OLDER. BECAUSE THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEMS DON’T RESPOND AS WELL TO THE VACCINE AND MANY OF THEM HAVE UNDERLYING DISEASES LIKE DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, LUNG DISEASE. SO THESE VACCINES IMPROVE THE IMMUNE RESPONSE IN PEOPLE AGED 65 AND OLDER AND PROVIDE BETTER PROTECTION. Reporter: FINALLY, AS IF YOU NEED ANOTHER REASON TO GET VACCINATED. OVERALL THERE WAS ABOUT A 33% REDUCTION IN RISK FOR HEART ATTACK, STROKES AND OTHER MAJOR CARDIOVASCULAR EVENTS. IN THOSE WHO RECEIVED THE FLU SHOT. Reporter: SO WITH ALL THOSE OPTIONS, WHAT’S THE BEST FLU SHOT FOR YOU? IT’S THE ONE THAT YOU WILL ACTUALLY GET. [ LAUGHTER ] DON’T PUT OFF GETTING IT SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU CAN’T FIND THE PERFECT ONE. ANY FLU VACCINE WILL PROVIDE GOOD PROTECTION. SO ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE AND BY THE WAY, THERE’S SOME EVIDENCE NOW THAT IF YOU ARE IN A GOOD MOOD AND HAPPY WHEN YOU GET IT YOU HAVE A BETTER RESPONSE. REALLY. IS YOUR BLOOD JUST FLOWING BETTER OR SOMETHING? I THINK IT’S, YOU KNOW, YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. IF YOU ARE NOT STRESSED, STRESS IS KNOWN TO DEPRESS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM SO IF YOU ARE A HAPPY PERSON YOU GET A BETTER RESPONSE TO A FLU SHOT.

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