The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services recommends that people at high risk for complications and anyone who wants to reduce their risk of becoming ill due to seasonal influenza get that flu shot now. Dr. Joanne Schaefer is the State’s Chief Medical Officer.
“For folks in the high risk categories it’s quite possible they’re going to have a seasonal influenza vaccine and possibly two H1N1 vaccines when it becomes available.”
While the seasonal vaccine is available in most areas now, the H1N1 vaccine is not expected to be available until mid-October. Health officials believe that people who get their seasonal flu vaccine now will still have immunity in January and February, which are the peak months for seasonal flu, so getting the vaccine early should not be a problem.