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Audrey Hoover, Director of Pace's University Health Care in the College of Health Professions Quoted in Story on Flu Prevention

02/12/2018

Audrey Hoover, Director of Pace's University Health Care in the College of Health Professions, Quoted in Story on Flu Prevention

NY Post: "All Your Flu Questions Answered"

Audrey Hoover, Director of University Health Care, was quoted in the "NY Post" in an article by Molly Shea on preventing and treating the flu.

From the "NY Post:"

"This year’s flu season has blossomed into a full-fledged epidemic. Here’s how to handle it.

Does this year’s flu shot work?

The shot is estimated to be 10 to 30 percent effective against this season’s most common flu strain. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it.

'Any protection is worthwhile,' says Audrey Hoover, a family nurse practitioner and director of the University Health Care Center at Pace University. Even if you do contract the flu, the shot can shorten the flu’s duration and severity.

The flu vaccine takes roughly two weeks to begin working, so the earlier you get it, the better.

I got the flu shot this fall — should I get it again?

'That’s not recommended,' says Hoover. Getting a second shot hasn’t been studied for effectiveness and isn’t believed to increase immunity against the virus. You do need a new vaccine every year, since the shot loses efficacy over time, and the formulation is adjusted each year.

Read the full article here.