New flu vaccine offered

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The new flu vaccine covers four different strains of the virus.

The Mahoning County District Board of Health announced on Monday it has scheduled several clinics to provide flu vaccines for residents.

New this year, the vaccine contains four virus strains, 2 A and 2 B strains. The quadrivalent vaccine with the extra B strain was added because of past vaccine failures associated with B virus strains that were not circulating when the vaccine components were selected in the January prior to the beginning of flu season.

Health officials said the B strain accounts for a large share of illness and death in the infant population.

The vaccine will be offered in a nasal spray, shot, short needle intradermal and high-dose vaccine.

For more information and clinic locations and times, click here. 

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