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ANCHOR LEAD : IF YOU HAVEN’T GOTTEN A FLU SHOT YET YOU SHOULD, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

It’s still a good idea to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so yet.  That’s according to infectious disease experts at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere.  Cecelia Johnston, an infectious disease specialist at Hopkins, says for many, such immunizations should be routine.

JOHNSTON:  It’s always a good idea to get the influenza vaccine every year if you are in a high risk category, such as if you have chronic medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension, or if you are taking prednisone or are otherwise immunocompromised.  There are still flu vaccines available and it’s a good idea to actually get vaccinated even now in January because the flu season has just started and so you can potentially still be protected if you get vaccinated now.             :30

Johnston says it typically takes about two to four weeks for immunity to develop following a flu shot, but even partial immunity may reduce symptoms.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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