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Will this yr's vaccine be an excellent match for NJ flu season? – New Jersey 101.5 FM


Following an primarily nonexistent flu season to spherical out 2020, New Jersey recorded a slightly delicate battle with influenza through the 2021-2022 season.

However issues usually are not anticipated to be so easy this time round, for plenty of causes.

Within the meantime, you are being suggested to obtain a vaccination earlier than New Jersey hits the colder months. It’s recommended by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention for anybody 6 months and older, with uncommon exception.

Hints of an upcoming unhealthy flu season in New Jersey

New Jersey has been “fortunate” to go a few seasons with out a “important quantity of influenza,” in line with Dr. David Cennimo, an infectious illness skilled at Rutgers New Jersey Medical College.

“Virtually definitely that was due to corrective actions associated to COVID and the prevention of COVID — carrying masks, not going to work, social distancing, issues like that,” Cennimo stated. “We appear poised proper now to have a surge of influenza as a result of we’re not doing these issues.”

Results from the Southern Hemisphere — Australia, specifically, which entered spring in September — counsel an early and extra extreme flu season in 2022-2023. Based on the New Jersey Division of Well being, this previous flu season in Australia was notably extreme amongst kids.

On the identical time, Cennimo famous, the “educated guess” about which virus strains might be mostly seen cannot be as sturdy this yr because it has been previously, given restricted viral transmission over the previous couple of years.

“It is more durable to foretell what the breakout might be this yr,” he stated.

Why ought to I get the flu shot?

Cennimo stated the potential for lower than ultimate vaccine efficacy shouldn’t be a cause for somebody to skip the shot.

Even when it fails to guard you from coming down with the flu, Cennimo stated, it’s going to stop you from struggling a extreme case.

Plus, he stated, receiving the vaccine is an added layer of safety on your family members and people you’re employed or play with.

“You simply actually need to hold these viruses out of circulation as a lot as potential in order that they cannot do their unhealthy work,” he stated.

Ideally, according to the CDC, everybody needs to be vaccinated for influenza by the tip of October.

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You may attain him at [email protected]

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