Sep 9, 2013 8:27 PM by Erika Flores

New vaccine promises to protect against four flu strains

TUCSON-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months and older get a yearly flu vaccine no later than October, and this year, you'll have more options to choose from including one that promises to give more protection.

It's called the quadrivalent flu vaccine.

The four-in-one vaccine is so new that they'll only make up a fraction of the nation's supply of flu vaccine.

The quadrivalent flu vaccine promises to protect against four flu strains instead of the usual three.

"I think it's pretty good actually there's more protection for the children and for other people not just the kids," said Eunice Escobar.

Escobar said she gets her kids vaccinated every year.

"Because they're immune system is so low," said Escobar.

She said they have asthma and doesn't want to take any risks.

"I actually went today to the doctor and I asked them, so definitely I will be getting more protection for them," said Escobar.

But since the quadrivalent flu vaccine is so new, manufacturers are only producing about 30 million doses.

"Because they weren't sure how well received it would be," said Kathy Malkin, with the Pima County Health Department.

But Malking said if you can't find the quadrivalent flu vaccine, get the trivalent vaccine.

"The trivalent the kind that we've had for many years is great. It still works well," said Malkin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, manufacturers are producing over 100 million doses of that vaccine.

"We haven't gotten any word that there should be any shortage of any type of flu vaccine this year," said Malkin.

In clinics across Pima County, there's already a push for getting your flu shot, but some Tucsonans remain unconvinced even after hearing about the newest vaccine type.

"I'm not immune compromised. I have fully functioning immune system, so I feel that that probably takes care of itself nine times out of ten," said Roxanne Buchman.


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