Influenza season begins today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging all people over six months of age to get vaccinated. This year’s vaccine is for three strains of the flu including H1N1.
Raymond Strikas with the CDC says the flu rarely has a widespread affect before November. However he says people should try to get the flu shot as early as possible.
“We expect to see one or more different types of influenza including probably a return of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus. There are already other influenza viruses circulating in the U.S. in small numbers so it seems plausible that we’ll see more types of influenza virus in the country including in Georgia,” he says.
Strikas says there are more than enough doses of the vaccine being distributed in the U.S. This means everyone who wants one should be able to get vaccinated.