Why You Absolutely Need to get a Flu Shot This Year

Prime candidates for a flu shot include young children adults 65 and older and high-risk people with a weakened immune system due to heart problems cancer and other illnesses

"Flu vaccination will also be available from GP surgeries and local pharmacies offering the service and if you work in frontline health or social care speak to your employer about arrangements for you to get vaccinated". She got a flu shot ahead of last year's influenza season and still came down with the flu. That's not to mention the heavy toll of hospitalizations and deaths that occur mainly among people 65 and older.

The timing of flu season is unpredictable, but seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Although 90 percent of last year's flu victims were over the age of 65, the sickness still managed to kill 180 children and teenagers, which is still a record high count according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC).

"As a pediatrician I engage with families so, you know, we try to make it a family sport when it's time for flu vaccines", White said.

Based on its flu monitoring around the country, at least 6300 people who visited a general practice and more than 1400 hospitalised patients have been infected with influenza this winter. "Even though we still see flu with people who are vaccinated, it's likely to be less severe". 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. "In addition to influenza, you can protect yourself against a number of other vaccine-preventable diseases such as shingles, pneumococcal disease, and whooping cough".

Doctors advise to get vaccinated.

"Real flu can be debilitating and if you are already living with a condition, you are either very young or very old it can hit you harder".

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Traditionally, most people have gotten flu vaccinations at doctors' offices or government health centers. "I would rather help keep them healthy than risk making them seriously unwell".

To protect adults and children alike from the risk of flu and its complications, flu vaccinations are available through the NHS. The province's immunization rate of 29 per cent for the 2017-2018 flu season was up slightly from 27 per cent the year previous.

Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated by the end of this month. In such cases it is impossible to be vaccinated. Mostly commonly recommended is covering the mouth when sneezing and frequently washing the hands. It's recommended that you wash often with soap and water.

Remember, some folks think the flu is any gastrointestinal illness - that's a common misconception.

Known as Flublok, or technically as recombinant influenza vaccine, it's the vaccine that used to be given to people who have egg allergies, said Sherry Johnson, a nurse practitioner with St. Luke's Infectious Disease Associates.

"Well it is a myth" said Baron, "the flu shot is not a live vaccine".

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