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Health Officials Get Seasonal Flu Vaccine Now


Viewer questions are pouring in concerning H1N1 flu and seasonal influenza. And many are wondering why they need a seasonal flu shot now, and more importantly, can they get it at the same time they receive the H1N1 vaccine?

Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. you can line up to get your seasonal flu shot at any Lewis Drug store.

And even though you're used to getting that vaccine in October, health officials say get it now.

As the country waits for the first H1N1 vaccine to be shipped to their state, health officials nationwide are recommending people line up for the seasonal flu shot.

"It's more of an operational issue to try to clear the deck if you will and get as many people vaccinated as possible while we're anticipating the second vaccine," Dr. Wendell Hoffman with Sanford Clinic Infectious Disease said.
But if we wait to get the two together, will we still get the same protection?

"We do know that the seasonal flu vaccine and the H1N1 vaccine in the injectible forms will likely be able to be given together," Hoffman said.

But that's not the case for the nasal spray. Hoffman says if you opt to get the seasonal flu mist, you'll need to wait about a month to get the H1N1 flu mist, which should arrive before the H1N1 shot.

And seasonal flu is already making its way across the state; that's why Hoffman says take advantage of the vaccine and get the seasonal shot before you get the flu.

"Our advice is get the seasonal flu vaccine now," Hoffman said.

You can do just that Tuesday at any Sioux Falls Lewis Drug location. Flu mist and the shot will be available.

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