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MASON CITY, IA – Just when you thought you were all caught up on back to school immunizations, flu season is just around the corner.
Clinics for flu vaccines are opening across our area and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting vaccinated as soon as they become available.
Karen Crimmings, Disease Prevention and Investigation Service Manager at the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health said that there are a variety of immunizations for children and adults available at their clinic.
“There are two different kinds of vaccines available,” Crimmings said. “The trivalent, which is the standard vaccine that we have seen throughout all these years and then there’s a new one out this year that’s quadrivalent and the difference is is that there’s a second ‘B’ strain in that vaccine and so that gives you one more strain to be protected against this year.”
Once you get the vaccine, the immunization will protect you for the entire flu season.
“They say is should last an entire year but we do know that the vaccine coverage wanes or it goes away so we always want people, even if they strains are the fame from the previous year, we always tell people to go ahead and get vaccinated again.”
Crimmings said updating your vaccinations each year is important because it helps your body build up an immunity to the virus.
For more information on clinic hours and different flu immunizations, please visit the Cerro Gordo County Public Health website.