Flu season is here

Flu season is here

The flu vaccine is available from October, so I would urge anyone who is offered a free flu vaccination to visit their GP or pharmacy now.

Virtually everyone should get the shot, according to Doctor Alan Katz, Director of the Manitoba Center for Health Policy.

Chris Faldon, nurse consultant at NHS Borders, said: "Flu is a serious illness which can be life threatening and kills more people in this country than any other vaccine-preventable disease". Even though many believe that the flu vaccine is often ineffective and can, it is still the against the virus.

Doctor Katz says the flu shot is free to all Manitobans. The report details the results of an internet panel survey of health care personnel conducted for the CDC from March 27 to April 17, 2018, similar to surveys conducted since the 2010-2011 flu season.

A lot of people assume that if they're typically "healthy", they don't need to get the flu shot. So, of course, you can delay your vaccination or avoid it, but remember that vaccine takes 2 weeks in general to produce enough antibodies against the virus. If you take a nasal spray, side effects include a runny or blocked nose, headache, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Additionally, a spike in the number of people opting out of flu vaccines can explain the deadliness of the recent season.

Overall, the vaccine was estimated to be 40 percent effective for both the A and B flu viruses in the past flu season, the CDC reported. Flu vaccines will not protect against flu-like illnesses caused by non-influenza viruses.




"It really exposed how vulnerable we are", said Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. I mean, last year we had a awful influenza year - killed 80,000 people, and accounted for 900,000 hospitalizations.

After a hard flu season last winter, the CDC is now recommending people get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available. The flu shot is not recommended for babies under 6 months. "We want people to get vaccinated as long as there's vaccine available". And people who may have an allergy to the vaccine. Parents who have a child who is of the eligible age, are being asked ensure they sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school.

This season many health officials will be using the Flublok vaccine, which we're told is stronger than traditional vaccines and covers multiple flu strains.

Vaccinated against influenza prior to the season, diseases, and October this is the best time.

Flu is different from a cold and usually comes on suddenly.

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