SIOUX FALLS, SD -
As we learned last year with H1N1, the flu is unpredictable and flu season can run all year long. People can start lining up Tuesday to get their protection.
Plan on rolling up your sleeve for this year's KELO-TV Lewis Drug Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday morning.
The good news is this year, adults can plan on getting just one vaccine
“Last year, late in the season we discovered H1N1 and the shot had already been prepared. So this year H1N1 is still around, it's in the seasonal flu shot,” Dr. David Brechtelsbauer with Center for Family Medicine said.
So is a B strain of the virus and another A strain. All three should protect from this year's common flu strains, which are already circulating.
“Part of the reason that we're encouraging flu shot earlier in the season as opposed to waiting later like we've done in the past is H1N1 wasn't so seasonal - it peaked in August,” Brechtelsbauer said.
Brechtelsbauer rolled up his sleeve to not only protect himself, but everyone who can't get vaccinated, whether it's because of an egg allergy or a baby less than six months old.
“There's no law you have to take it but it would be wise in my medical opinion,” Brechtelsbauer said.
Tuesday's Flu Shot clinic at all Sioux Falls Lewis Drug Locations opens at 8 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Not only can you roll up your sleeve and get a shot for $28, you can choose to get flu mist, which costs $38.
Brechtelsbauer says a line waiting to get vaccinated would be a good problem to have.
“We now have more knowledge and comfort with H1N1. It's not quite as mysterious and scary as it was last year. And there's no new strains turning up, the strains in the vaccine are the ones that have been around and we're familiar with,” Brechtelsbauer said.
This doctor hopes that means less hype about the virus and more preventative medicine.
The shot or mist is free for Medicare card holders, but you're asked to bring all Medicare cards with you.
You can learn more about the flu shot clinic online.
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