Health experts say flu vaccine more effective this year
Health experts in Colorado say the flu vaccine appears to be more effective this year than it was last year.
According to the Colorado Department of Health, nearly 1,000 people have been hospitalized with the flu so far this season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting flu activity is widespread in the state.
“The reason for more hospitalizations is really unknown,” said Nikki Price, the director of pharmacy operations for Albertsons Safeway pharmacies.
Even though flu season is already in full swing, Price said it’s not too late to get your vaccine. She said she’s seen more people coming in to get flu shots this year compared to last, and she thinks that’s because flu season was so bad last year.
“The benefits of getting a flu shot are not only that you protect yourself, but you’re protecting others around you too,” Price said. “Even though you may have never had the flu, you’re a healthy individual, really by getting it, you’re protecting others. So what we like to say, ‘It’s really not all about you.’”