Manitobans encouraged to get flu shot

There had been expectations of a potentially severe season given the high levels of flu-related hospitalisation and death seen during the Northern Hemisphere winter

There had been expectations of a potentially severe season given the high levels of flu-related hospitalisation and death seen during the Northern Hemisphere winter

"But the reality is that still leaves the majority of the population un-immunized and susceptible to years where you have a more aggressive strain of the virus circulating", Hilderman said. SHS employees will also offer students flu shots at "Pancakes with Pat" events. But how does it work, exactly? Other serious complications can set in, such as inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues, or sepsis, all of which can be life-threatening, according to the CDC. "But again, it is very hard to predict which exact strains will circulate because the virus can easily mutate". Flu vaccines will not protect against flu-like illnesses caused by non-influenza viruses. If the University is serious about reducing influenza rates amongst the student body, vaccinations must become far more accessible for students.

Which viruses am I protected against?

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.

"So far, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) updates that weekly, it is a good match and the flu season has been considered mild". Inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV), recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) are all fair game. If I got the flu, I'd be able to fight it. "Research has shown the flu vaccine can still provide some protection against new strains of flu and can reduce severe health outcomes such as hospitalization and death", she said.

Hilderman said Manitoba saw a rise past year in the number of people getting a flu vaccine - 22.5 per cent of the population.

"The overall influenza vaccination coverage estimate among health care personnel was 78.4% during the 2017-18 influenza season, a 15 percentage-point increase since the 2010-11 season, but similar to coverage during the previous four seasons", the report's authors write.

But when it comes to getting your child vaccinated against the flu, what's best - the flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80,000 Americans died from the flu past year.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot; the shot is safe for children older than 6 months, and for pregnant women as well, said Roth.

There is also a higher dose trivalet vaccine which protects against two A strains and one B strain that is available to individuals who are 65 years of age or older. Please bring your Medical Insurance card to clinic.

"Our flu season is usually based on the southern hemisphere's season that is just ending, and in the southern hemisphere, they did not have a bad year this year", Bhardwaj said. Before you take their word for it and embark on flu season unprotected, hear out Brendan Webster, occupational health nurse with Staff Wellness, as he busts five common myths about influenza vaccine.

The Flu Pandemic of 1918 wiped out nearly 40 million people worldwide including almost 1 million Americans. We can best protect the people of Scotland by encouraging everyone eligible to get vaccinated early. "Having this vaccine is a tool to help us avoid the flu".

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