Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Fall brings many things, including flu season

Australia's worst flu season on record has been blamed by doctors on a cheap vaccine Flu shot: Quebec expects nearly 2 million doses as campaign targets infants, elderly
Sammy Stanley | 01 November, 2017, 00:25

Dr. Yves Jalbert, deputy director of Public Health Protection, said the vaccine is highly recommended for infants six to 23 months old, people with chronic illnesses, pregnant women, and those over the age of 60.

Lindsey Wreden stocked her supply cart with vaccine vials, turned on her blinking "Flu Kicker" pin and set out to find the stragglers at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center who hadn't received this year's flu shot.

Officials say providing the free service is a great way to encourage everyone in the community to keep themselves protected.

It's true that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine fluctuates from year to year and that it's less effective than other vaccines because flu viruses rapidly evolve.

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated before the end of October.

State officials say Iowa's first confirmed flu-related death of the 2017-18 flu season was that of an elderly man who lived in central Iowa.

But, they say this recent death is a reminder the flu virus can be deadly. That number does not include vaccines given at area pharmacies or doctors offices, so the total number of vaccinated people is higher. It can also prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Maryland is preparing for a busy flu season, including Harford County, the department noted in a news release.

The flu is very contagious and can lead to serious complications, said Jalbert. As that flu season comes to an end in Australia, some experts believe it could be a sign of what's to come for the U.S. Oeding said it's too early to tell how bad this year's flu season will be, but she does know of people already diagnosed with the virus.

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