Almost half of Edmontonians won’t get flu shot

Influenza immunisation campaign launched

During the 2017-18 flu season - the deadliest flu season in four decades - 80,000 Americans died, including 180 children. My number one recommendation is that getting the flu shot is the most important thing to prevent unnecessary illness.

"The flu isn't something you want to get or share with others", Courtney said, in the release.

"A flu vaccine given during pregnancy helps protect the baby from flu infection for several months after birth, before he or she is old enough to be vaccinated themselves", the CDC reported. The child, the first to die in the state, had not received a flu vaccination.

"We got our older boys vaccinated, but my husband and I didn't worry about getting ourselves vaccinated", Moise said.

For more information regarding the 2018-2019 updated influenza vaccines and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) vaccine recommendations, visit the CDC website for more information.

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In the first week of the flu season, the state had only two flu or flu-like outbreaks. "Since we can not predict who will develop a serious complication from the flu, we recommended that all children over the age of 6-months-old receive the flu vaccine for the best protection". "We see every year, that people succumb to this vaccine preventable illness". She said the vaccine is updated to protect against viruses it is believed will be circulating during the upcoming season.

More than 50-percent of parents believe their child can get the flu from the flu shot. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

30 percent of parents feel flu vaccines are a conspiracy. "Now is the time to get vaccinated".

The flu, or influenza, is a respiratory disease spread through coughing, sneezing and other direct contact with someone who is infected or contaminated objects.

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