Well….we think we’ve got it! Just like Brophy in HIGH ANXIETY, the Mel Brooks Classic.
We think we’ve got the right flu shot mix this year.
Last year, due to poor selection of the viruses in the flu shot, we saw only a 20% effectiveness rating for last year preventive, compared to a 60-80% effectiveness rating for most years. This year, to correct that error, new flu strains have been chosen, Which ones are in this year’s flu vaccine?
Trivalent vaccines will include A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, an A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2)-like virus, and a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (Yamagata lineage) virus. These A (H3N2) and B viruses are different from the previous season.
So…we are expecting a much more effective flu shot this year, and we will begin, as usual, in early October. It’s OK to get the shot end of September if you like…and we will announce our flu clinic as we get our shipment, so keep your eyes pealed for information.