Influenza vaccine clinics to open in time for flu season

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In comparison, flu deaths during the last few seasons were anywhere from 12,000 to 56,000.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination every year.

The long season that began in November 2017 peaked in January and February and held on through April killed almost 200 children and about 80,000 adults.

A government program also pays for shots for low-income children. A person can have the flu, but it will be less severe than if it had not been vaccinated. "The only way to protect them is to have enough people vaccinated to prevent themselves from getting the flu", Werner said. However, skipping the flu vaccine means taking an unnecessary risk - for yourself and others whom you care for or work with, or who may be more vulnerable than you to illness.

Websites such as can help locate where doses are available in your neighborhood.

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Dr. Horne says that less than 30 per cent of the province was vaccinated last year and this year AHS is aiming for 35 per cent of the population. That's not to mention the heavy toll of hospitalizations and deaths that occur mainly among people 65 and older. The flu vaccine is widely available at doctor's offices, pharmacies, clinics and other locations. Flu strains may differ from year to year and efforts to keep up with its changing characteristics are not 100 percent effective. "A year ago was a little bit unusual that the A and B strains were going together throughout the season". Paules said. The CDC and its vaccines advisory committee recommend that providers use any licensed age-appropriate influenza vaccine to vaccinate their patients.

There are some outlying strains of the flu not covered by the typical flu shot - unfortunately it is possible to contract one of these non-vaccine containing flu strains. More than 80 percent of doses are created to protect against four flu strains. In situations where a health condition or injury may become a more serious risk to their health if left untreated, Tricare recipients should also visit the Emergency Room or Urgent Care Centers.

People at high risk for developing complications from the flu can be given antiviral medications at first symptoms to stave off the worst effects.

Health officials want people to be vaccinated before flu season hits, and in several recent years the illness has ramped up in some parts of the country as early as November.

About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. The composition of the flu vaccine is reviewed and updated yearly to better match circulating viruses.