LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's becoming a tradition that we begin flu season with Dr. Richard Lampe, Chairman of Pediatrics at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, getting his flu shot here in our studio.
So, today, he rolled up his sleeve with this advice. "This is really important. We get influenza epidemics every winter. This is a safe and effective vaccine."
Dr. Lampe says the flu shot uses a killed vaccine as opposed to the flu mist which uses a live vaccine, meaning a derivative of the live virus.
But since the nasal mist has not worked as well as it was intended in years past, the government now recommends that everyone over six months of age get the flu shot instead of the nasal spray, at least until another year when the mist might be perfected.
If not for yourself, Dr. Lampe says get the shot to protect the people you love.
He adds, "Pregnant ladies are recommended to receive this killed vaccine. It actually provides antibodies for their babies when they're born."
The sad reality is that CDC records show that the flu kills 30,000 people every year in this country.