Nebraskans may want to consider getting their flu shot now. Cindy Ruma with the Visiting Nurse Association in Omaha says it is already rearing its ugly head.
Ruma says, “I think we are starting to see outbreaks already early. I hear there are a few cases in Wisconsin. Some of my nurses that work for me anecdotally say they are taking care of people diagnosed with influenza in the hospitals. It is a bit early for me but we live in a global world so people travel and bring it home from the Southern Hemisphere so there you go.”
Ruma says this year’s vaccine contains four strains. The flu mist is no longer available but clinical trials are in progress and that form may return in the future.
For those who think they can get the flu from the vaccine, Ruma debunks that myth. She says, “It is an attenuated not-live vaccine so you might have some aches and pains as your body immune system is reacting to it but not true full-on influenza. It is like you don’t get polio from the polio shot you don’t get flu from the flu shot.”
Health officials recommend that everyone six months of age and older receive the vaccine.