New Flu Vaccine on the Way

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Public Health Department says a new flu vaccine is on the way and it should arrive very soon. However, it won’t be available to the public until September.

This season’s vaccine protects against three different strains of influenza: H1N1, H3N2, and B/Massachusetts. Experts predict those strains will be the most common in the upcoming flu season.

Earlier this year, Lane County experienced a shortage of flu shots, but Cindy Morgan with the county health department doesn’t expect that to happen this year.

“They always manufacture at least 130,000 doses a year, so we feel confident that people who want flu vaccine will be able to locate flu vaccine during the flu season,” says Morgan.

Lane County typically sees flu cases peak in January or February, but flu season truly starts in October and lasts through May. While there have been no confirmed cases yet in Lane County, there have been two cases confirmed in the U.S. so far.

The Lane County Public Health Department will start offering vaccines at its headquarters on 7th Avenue on September 3. Patients will also be able to get the vaccine at pharmacies, clinics, and college health centers.

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