Time to get the flu shot!

Ray Weaver
October 13, 2017

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, get it now - contact your GP practice to book into a flu clinic. Almost 47 percent of Americans received a flu vaccine in 2016, and almost all of those vaccinations occurred early in the season.

NHS bosses are writing to all 1.4 million staff to say they must have the winter flu jab as soon as possible to reduce the risk of them infecting patients who might die.

"The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is warning residents that the flu season appears to have arrived early this year, with this first influenza-related death of the season and early reports of flu activity from other parts of the state", said the state's influenza surveillance coordinator Leslie Tengelsen, PhD, DVM, in a recent press release. Trivalent vaccines prevent infection with influenza A viruses H1N1 and H3N2, and an influenza B virus. This year's vaccine is created to protect against four different strains.

Health professionals at the hospital said this year they are prepared to give 2,000 doses of the flu vaccine and 100 doses of the TDAP vaccine, that is for the whooping cough. Two children were among the 87 deaths caused by influenza during the 2016-17 flu season.

Sir Bruce said: "Many people are very anxious that this winter will be particularly hard - the thing that I worry about most is that we have an outbreak of flu or an outbreak of norovirus which puts an added strain on the NHS service".

She's in Corner Brook touring the province, and the feedback the group is getting from family doctors is that some will not be giving flu shots to their patients. For example, flu shots will be available at Clearwater Pharmasave. It is therefore very important that they get vaccinated.

P.E.I.'s chief health officer is encouraging Islanders to take advantage of free flu shots to combat the nasty seasonal illness.

Getting a flu shot is the best prevention for the flu and a guarantee to not miss class. These practices go a long way in protecting you not just from flu but from many other contagious diseases.

Influenza symptoms include high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue, a runny and stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat.

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