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Bloomington Hospital Gears Up With Flu Shots

Last updated on Wednesday, October 10, 2007

(BLOOMINGTON) - Bloomington Hospital is gearing up for flu season by getting ready to offer flu vaccines.

Bloomington Hospital infection control practitioner Vickie VanDeventer said the flu shot is made up of 3 different kinds of influenza viruses which are changed each year due to the frequent mutations of the virus.

Hospital officials say since the vaccine take about 2 weeks to build up the antibodies necessary to fully protect a person from the virus, it is recommended to get the shot in October or November, before flu season hits its full stride.

VanDeventer says she especially recommends the vaccine to children between 6 months and 5 years old, pregnant women, people over 50, those with chronic medical conditions, and anyone living in a nursing home or similar facility.

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