What the Flu Vaccine Does and Doesn't Protect Against

What the Flu Vaccine Does and Doesn't Protect Against (Stock Photo)
What the Flu Vaccine Does and Doesn't Protect Against (Stock Photo)

We previously reported that flu numbers in Sheridan County were at high levels - and that the flu season has peaked earlier than expected. But what does the flu vaccine actually protect against? Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has more.

Toby Granger, Public Information Officer and Nurse Educator for Sheridan County Public Health, says the best means of prevention from the influenza virus is vaccination. I asked him if getting a flu shot in 2012 could prevent someone from being hit by the current flu virus making its rounds.

But Granger says it's important to keep in mind each person is different, and the vaccine - and the virus - can affect people differently.

He says if you're feeling sick, it very well could be a common cold, or the flu. And the flu vaccine won't help any condition other than influenza.

With some shortages of flu vaccines being reported elsewhere in the state, Granger shares the current availability of the vaccines within Sheridan County.

Sheridan County Public Health is offering free flu vaccines to students under the age of 18 at their office located at 297 South Main St. in Sheridan. Walk-ins are welcome between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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