Flu shot expected to be 40-60% effective in protecting from illness

BRAZOS COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX) - The flu shot for the 2017-18 season is expected to be between 40% and 60% effective in protecting you from the illness. Dr. Mark English with Baylor Scott and White Health visited BVTM to give the anchors their flu shot for the year.

According to the Brazos County Health Department, there have been 79 confirmed cases of influenza in the county since August. There were 32 cases in October and 16 confirmed cases after just one week of reported numbers in November.

As those case numbers rapidly increase, local doctors are urging people to get their flu vaccine.

Dr. English said if you haven't received a flu shot in a few years, you can expect some flu like symptoms in the days following your shot. Those symptoms are your body's way of telling you the vaccine is working.

"We're predicting a pretty heavy flu season, so it's important to know the symptoms and when you should head to the doctor," said Dr. English. "If you have sudden onset of several hours of fever, chills, coughing, congestion, sore throat, or become achy all over your body, get to your physician or an urgent care immediately because we can really help you combat that best in the first 48 hours of you getting those symptoms."

Dr. English reminds everyone that there are several grocery stores and pharmacies that are giving flu shots for free. He also stressed that getting the flu shot is a responsibility we have to our fellow citizens who can't receive it especially babies and young children, the elderly and pregnant women.