The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Business

October 8, 2013

A shot in the arm

New vaccines, more options join arsenal to battle seasonal illness

ANDERSON, Ind. — Sonny Woods did not even flinch when pharmacist Mike Patel slid the needle into his upper arm.

“Don’t be afraid of it,” Woods, 68, of Anderson said of the flu shot. “I did not feel a thing.”

The flu vaccine Woods received will protect against three of the four influenza viruses that are being predicted for 2013-2014. Patel, pharmacy manager for Pay Less, 1845 N. Scatterfield Road, said the shot given to Woods, a traditional vaccine, and a high dose vaccine for those over 65 are the only two being offered at his location.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several flu vaccines available for this year’s flu season. The agency says everyone between older than six months should receive the flu vaccine.

Most people will receive the standard flu vaccine like Woods. This vaccine is used by growing the flu virus in eggs and then the vaccine is injected into a muscle of the upper arm. It will protect against two influenza A viruses and one influenza B virus. The vaccine is approved for children 6 months and older.

This year a four-strain vaccine is being offered that fights a second influenza B virus. According to officials, flu virus manufacturers are hoping to change from the three-strain vaccine to this new vaccine.

High-dose vaccines, which Patel said is offered at Pay Less, contains about four times the antigens than the regular flu vaccine. This vaccine is recommended for those 65 and over.

Jeremy Havens, 34, New Castle, said he avoids getting the flu vaccine because he hates needles.

“I have never liked needles,” Havens said. “Not at the dentist, not anywhere.”Havens, who was in Anderson visiting family, said he knows he needs to get the vaccine, he just wants to get it without having to get a shot.

Text Only
Local Business
  • Housing complex to open for homeless veterans in Kokomo Jackson Street Commons is Kokomo’s new $3.6 million facility providing permanent housing to 27 previously homeless veterans.

    April 21, 2014

  • Charo Boyd mug [Duplicate] Charo Boyd: Social Security goes green on Earth Day and every day For years, Social Security has been at the forefront of offering convenient, easy-to-use, and secure online services. We, along with those we serve, have saved a lot of paper, shipping costs, and fuel — and cut back on a lot of carbon exhaust and pollution — by going online instead of doing things the old-fashioned, less efficient way.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0420 - CATS Buses-09 City to replace CATS fleet With 7-year-old city buses registering 250,000 miles, Anderson is looking to replace its aging transportation fleet.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0420 - Funderburk - 04 Man tries to restore father's tainted legacy at dental clinic

    When news broke earlier this month that the Anderson Dental Clinic had been shut down and several employees, including owner Sally Metzner, had been arrested, Mark Funderburk's main concern was the patients. "A lot of them kept going there because of my dad even after he passed away," he said. "And they didn't deserve this."

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0420 - Scott wise -TM Gaining an edge and spreading the word in 2014 Scott owner of Scotty’s Brewhouse with locations in Indianapolis, Muncie, Mishawaka and Bloomington, encourages business owners to interact with customers and use powerful tools such as Twitter, Facebook or even with a blog to their advantage.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0420 - Amys Attic - TM Business Profile: Hidden treasures can be found here Amy's Attic Thrift Store, which opened April 1, offers a variety of different items including clothing, accessories, furniture, yard decorations and collectibles.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Business People: April 20 A compilation of news items featuring members of the Madison County business community.

    April 19, 2014

  • NWS-HB0419-IvyTech-JC2.JPG Work begins on new Ivy Tech facility

    Motorists driving on East 60th Street near Columbus Avenue will notice heavy machinery working in preparation for a new educational facility in Anderson.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Clark, Big Joe mug [Duplicate] 'Big Joe' Clark: Understanding the risks within fixed income investments Many retirees associate the concept of taking “risk” with the equity markets. However, as 2013 demonstrated, there is also principal risk in the fixed income arena if an untimely liquidation requires you to sell bonds and generate income.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Heating assistance provided to 4,445 households Almost 5,000 households in Madison and Grant counties received assistance this past winter with their heating bills, members of the Central Indiana Community Action Program learned this week.

    April 18, 2014

Stocks
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide