DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - There is a new vaccine that health officials say will better protect you and your family from the flu.
Quadrivalent will protect you against another strain of B influenza.
You may not be thinking of the flu with these sunny skies and warm temperatures but in just a month, the start of flu season will be here.
"This year there is going to be two A and two B which gives you the added protection."
Local pediatrician David Roer just returned from a conference in Cleveland where he was educating health professionals about the new flu vaccine Quadrivalent.
"It covers more strains. A lot of people who get the shot and end up getting the flu even after getting a shot is because one of the strains that wasn't in the shot," said Dr. David Roer, Pediatric Associates of Dayton.
The Quadrivalent vaccine protects against two strains of influenza A and two strains of B.
Compared to the more common Trivalent vaccine which protects against two strains of A, but only one of B.
Dr. Roer says this will protect thousands more people from the flu, but it is currently only available as a nasal spray.
Quadrivalent shots have been delayed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, only 30 million of the 135 million flu vaccines manufactured this year will be Quadrivalent.
The rest Trivalent.
"The recommendation is to get the shot when you can get it which is asap. Would I wait? The answer is no. Having the Trivalent there is still some protection."
Who should get the Quadrivalent vaccine? People ages 2 to 49.
Babies 6 to 24 months. adults older than 49 or those who have underlying health issues need the flu shot.
The mist can increase risk of wheezing and asthma.
Flu vaccines are also available at most area pharmacies.
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