Health Department: This year’s flu vaccine is a “good match” for strains they’re seeing

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - These cold temperatures mean a couple of things... winter boots, jackets and most of all, the sign of flu season quickly approaching.

But the Alabama Department of Public Health has good news! This year's flu vaccine is meeting expectations, so far.

"Clearly getting a shot now in November is going to last throughout the rest of the flu season and we do know it's a good match for the circulating strains so please go and get one if you haven't," said Dr. Harris with the Alabama Department of Public  Health.

The reminder that seems to last all year long, at least during the winter months, is back from the Health Department.

"The flu vaccine seems like its a good match for the strains that are circulating in the community so that's encouraging," said Dr. Harris. "It's not too late to get a flu shot, if you haven't done that already."

Those who are 6 months and older are recommended to get the flu shot as well as those with underlying health problems. Even if you're younger and feel like you can fight it, you could still infect someone you care about who can't.

Dr. Harris says there are always multiple strains of the flu going around. They try to predict certain ones, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.

"A flu vaccine is going to help you against many types of flu, even if it may not in some cases help against the predominant strain," said Dr. Harris. "This year, we think it is also going to help against the predominant strain as well so, it's always a good idea to get a flu shot, but this year more than ever."