Austin doctor says the coming flu season may be especially bad
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Austin doctor says the coming flu season may be especially bad

September 12, 2019


THE BEST TIME ACTUALLY IS. 2-SYDNEY:YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THE SIGNS AT YOUR LOCAL PHARMACY – YOU CAN ALREADY GET A FLU SHOT. LAST SEASON’S FLU WAS SO BAD SEVERAL CENTRAL TEXAS SCHOOLS SHUT DOWN.AND IT COULD BE WORSE THIS YEAR.2-ROBERT:KXAN MORNING NEWS ANCHOR SALLY HERNANDEZ SPOKE TO A LOCAL DOCTOR ABOUT THE BEST TIME TO GET THE FLU SHOT AND WHY HE’S LOOKING TO AUSTRALIA FOR CLUES. SALLY:”SO THE THINKING IS THAT THIS VACCINE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIGHT THIS STRAIN OF THE FLU? DR. HIGGINBOTHAM: “YEAH IT LOOKS VERY PROMISING.”DR. HIGGINBOTHAM:”WE WAITED A LITTLE BIT FOR THE VACCINE THIS YEAR, THE CDC IS VERY DELIBERATE ABOUT THE STRAINS THEY PUT INTO THE VACCINE TO MAKE SURE IT WOULD COVER WHAT THEY ARE SEEING IN AUSTRALIA. AND SOUTHEAST ASIA.”SALLY:”IS IT TIME TO GET THE VACCINE FOR THAT ALREADY? DR. HIGGINBOTHAM:”IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY. WE THINK THIS YEAR MAY BE PARTICULARLY BAD. WHAT WE DRAW ON IS THE EXPERIENCE AUSTRALIA HAS. THEY ARE 6 MONTHS AHEAD, SO RIGHT NOW THEY ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR WINTER. THIS IS PROBABLY THE WORST FLU SEASON THEY’VE HAD IN SEVERAL YEARS AND IN SOME CASES 5 TIMES THE NORMAL FLU CASES THEY HAVE IN A NORMAL YEAR. THAT TRANSLATES INTO THEM ABOUT 430 DEATHS FOR THE FLU SEASON.”SALLY:”IS ONE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN THE OTHER THE SHOT OR THE MIST, THIS YEAR?”DR. HIGGINBOTHAM: “IN YEAR’S PAST, THE LAST COUPLE OF YEAR’S THE FLU MIST HAS NOT REALLY BEEN AN OPTION BECAUSE IT DIDN’T REALLY PROTECT AS WELL AS THE SHOT DID, THIS YEAR THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS CAME OUT AND SAID WE THINK THE MIX OF STRAINS WITHIN THE FLU MIST IS ADEQUATE TO PROVIDE PROTECTION SO THAT’S BACK ON THE LIST IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE THAT DOESN’T WANT TO GET THE SHOT.”SYDNEY: THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATICS RECOMMENDS THE FLU MIST OR SHOT FOR ALL KIDS 6 AND YOUNGER, IDEALLY BY THE END OF OCTOBER.THE DOCTOR SUGGESTS NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO GET VACCINATED BECAUSE IT

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