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SALT LAKE CITY — October is the time to prepare for the holidays and the upcoming flu season with a flu shot.
Dr Tamara Sheffield, senior medical director of preventive medicine at Intermountain Healthcare, said Australia’s recent flu season may give us some idea of what to expect here.
“What we’ve seen in the southern hemisphere is an early start to the flu season and a much more severe season than we’ve had for many years,” Sheffield said.
Those six months and older are eligible for the flu vaccine. Sheffield said this year the Centers for Disease Control recommended that people 65 and older receive the Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent, Flublok Quadrivalent or Fluad Quadrivalent vaccine.
“Their immune system ages like the rest of their body, so it doesn’t respond as well to the stimulation of a vaccine. And we want to make sure that the vaccine produces a sufficient immune response and that’s why we need a higher immune response dose,” Sheffield said.
She said getting the flu shot is more crucial than ever this year. “Our hospitals could be overwhelmed again if we see people getting the flu and COVID, we need people to be protected against both,” she said.
Like many workplaces, we recently had our flu shot clinic at the KSL Broadcast House.
“Why wouldn’t I get the flu shot? … It’s good for me and good for everyone around me,” said KSL-TV’s Larry Curtis.
“That’s exactly what I do every year, and I advise everyone to always have one,” said KSL-TV photographer Mark Less.
Sheffield has recommended that you get your flu shot and your COVID-19 booster on the same day.
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