Three influenza-related deaths in Idaho had public health officials urging residents early this week to protect themselves against the flu.
With flu season off to an earlier start than in previous years, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says it’s more critical to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
“It takes about two weeks before peak antibody levels are reached and the vaccine’s protection is maximized,” said Dr. Kathryn Turner, PhD, Communicable Disease Prevention Bureau Chief at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. “Unfortunately, only about a third of adults and 40 percent of children have received the flu vaccine so far this season. We’d really like to see an increase in vaccinations.”
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