User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


56° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Worth A Shot?

October 27, 2011, 6:14 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Worth A Shot?
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Many of us roll up our sleeves every year for the flu shot, thinking it will prevent us from coming down with influenza. But a new study shows the shot is only 59 percent effective in healthy adults. Still doctors are encouraging you to get the shot now more than ever.

Every year people line up, roll up their sleeve and wince for a second to arm themselves against the flu, but with only a 59 percent chance of it working, is it worth it?

"That means your odds are still six out of 10 of not getting it," Doug Noteboom said.

Noteboom gets the flu shot every year. Despite the study, doctors say it's a smart decision.

"It's the single best way to prevent influenza and the harm that influenza represents," Sanford Infectious Disease Doctor Wendell Hoffman said.

While Hoffman still recommends getting the shot, he says the study highlights the need for a new, more effective vaccine.

"A universal vaccine would be one that potentially would not have to be given every year. It could be once and then you are protected for life, and it would cover all of the variants of the flu virus that are out there in any given season," Hoffman said.

But for now, Hoffman says your best chance at preventing the flu is to get the shot and he recommends getting it now more than ever, especially for those in the health care field.

"Even if those persons get the flu vaccine, they may remain somewhat susceptible, so it becomes our responsibility as health care systems to make sure that as many of our employees who touch the patient are vaccinated," Hoffman said.

That's something Noteboom would like to see as he visits the doctor's office often for heart problems.

"I've got some major health issues, and I don't take any chances that I don't have to. And to me, the flu shot is an extraordinarily smart move on people's part," Noteboom said.

Some good news from the study: researchers found that the flu mist gives significant protection in young children, preventing the flu in 83 percent of kids seven years old or younger. Hoffman also says more tools are needed to more accurately measure how effective the vaccine is.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Parker Teen Dies In One Vehicle Crash

4/12/2014 10:18 AM

16-year-old Tonya Anderson from Parker, SD died in a one vehicle crash west of Sioux Falls on Highway 42 on Friday.

Full Story
Woman Killed In Sioux Falls Home

4/16/2014 6:01 PM

Sioux Falls police are investigating a murder in the southwest part of the city.

Full Story
SF Woman Dies In Crash Near Brookings

4/12/2014 10:34 AM

A Sioux Falls woman died in a two vehicle crash on I-29 south of Brookings.

Full Story
SF Murder Victim Stabbed, Suspect Got Pills

4/17/2014 10:12 AM

Sioux Falls Police have released the names of the suspect and victim in the city's second homicide of 2014.

Full Story
Missing Girls Case Update On Tuesday

4/15/2014 7:15 AM

Authorities plan to release an update on the investigation into the 1971 disappearance of two South Dakota girls.

Full Story


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED