Flu vaccinations in Sask. up 11 per cent this year

13 December, 2017, 06:08 | Author: Earnest Huff
  • Two flu-related deaths in Imperial County

“As long as the flu is still circulating in your community, its not too late, ” said Lisa Grohskopf, M.D, Medical Officer at the CDC.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit announced in mid-November that the flu had arrived for the season, after a laboratory confirmed that an Owen Sound resident had tested positive for Influenza A. Experts are predicting this can be an unusually harsh flu season because of the fact that the flu vaccine is not that effective. Most people with RSV recover on their own in a couple weeks, but infants and young children, people with asthma and older adults are at higher risk for developing a more severe form of the virus. Because influenza and other viruses are easily spread where groups of people gather together, it is important to do your part to keep everyone around you healthy.

And a reminder: you can't get the flu from the flu shot; the virus contained in the flu shot is dead, not alive.

"C$3 irculating A (H3N2) viruses are antigenically less similar to egg-grown A (H3N2) viruses used for producing the majority of influenza vaccines in the United States", the CDC report said. That's based on the data gathered in Australia.

The vaccine is about 20 to 30 percent effective against H3N2 - something researchers say was caused by a mutation that occurred in the strain while creating the vaccine.

You can not get the flu from the flu shot.

Still, Rigler said the best defense is a flu shot - even now.

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The flu season is declared under-way once we have reached an above-average number of people with influenza symptoms (i.e. more than 2.2 percent of people).

There are many varieties of the flu vaccine.

Its a safe and effective way to prevent illness and save lives by significantly limiting your likelihood of passing on flu symptoms to vulnerable loved ones, ” Collett said. Individuals who wish to receive the flu shot from their doctor will need to contact their healthcare provider directly about the availability of flu vaccine. Given what they are seeing, officials say the season might be a bit early this year.

It is important to get children vaccinated even if they had the flu vaccination previous year. "It does tend to impact the elderly population more", she said Tuesday in an interview.

People who have the flu often experience all or numerous following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and occasionally vomiting or diarrhea, although digestive issues are more common in children.

But health officials said people should still take steps to protect themselves.

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