Ministry of Health reminds public to get the flu vaccine
Ministry of Health reminds public to get the flu vaccine
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19 October, 2018, 22:09
Even if you don't care whether you get sick, health officials urge vaccination to protect more vulnerable people around you. This figure, as reported by the Associated Press, comes from Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it's the latest overall estimate that really puts the most recent flu epidemic in proportion.
As Canada's 2018-19 flu season begins, this year's vaccine looks more promising. So it's possible that you could contract flu or a variation of the virus during in this time.
Mirella Salvatore, an infectious disease specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, told The New York Times the strains which are now circulating match that in the vaccine, but noted "even when vaccines do not match circulating strains they seem to prevent severe disease, and studies show that unmatched vaccines can still avert million of hospitalizations".
This year's vaccine contains two A strains of the H1N1 and H3N2 viruses, and two strains of the B/Victoria and B/Yamagata.
"Every year we have pediatric deaths from influenza, which may have been preventable if they had gotten vaccinated", Bess says.
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The role of pharmacists is being expanded this year to allow them to administer the free flu shot to residents five and up, during home visits, and in congregate living settings.
The flu is a common viral infection, that in serious cases can be deadly.
More than half of the people who responded believed that the flu shot caused the flu. Sometimes the number is relatively small, with only around 12,000 to 15,000 deaths, while other years see 40,000 or 50,000 deaths, many of whom are either small children or elderly.
That said, the flu season in Australia, in particular, can give experts an idea of how severe the flu season in the US might be - as the USA tends to echo Australia in both severity and strains.
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