Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Last year's flu vaccine wasn't very effective. This year's looks more promising

Last year's flu vaccine wasn't very effective. This year's looks more promising

The CDC is in its second week of its reporting on the 2018-2019 flu season, and the latest report covers activity for the week ending Oct 13.

"So if you get it every September or every October, you're covered very well", said Kim Stanchfield, the team coordinator for Sentara Occupational Health.

"The vaccine is pain-free and not only helps protect the child, but limits the opportunity for the virus to be spread to others, such as elderly relatives and those with underlying health conditions for whom flu can be particularly serious". Even though influenza is often thought of as a winter illness, it doesn't always occur just in that season.

If your child can not have a vaccine, the flu mist is back this year.

Given that 900,000 people were hospitalized in the United States over the course of the last flu season, getting vaccinated is crucial, said pediatrician Dr. James Cherry.

Arkansas health officials say the state has recorded its first flu death of the season. If people experience flu-like symptoms after getting the shot, it's possible that the shot didn't work, or that you didn't get the shot early enough.

In addition, if you are exposed to someone else who has the flu virus, you may not get sick, but you can pass on the virus to others.

Fact: The flu vaccine reduces the risk of contracting and spreading the disease by up to 60 percent, according to the CDC.

"As doctors and healthcare professionals, we have a duty of care to protect our patients and in order to do that, we must protect ourselves", said Prof Horgan.

Doctors encourage parents and their children to get the vaccine now because it takes two weeks for it to be effective.

Last year, the vaccine was indeed a bit of a disappointment.

Wait, so it's actually more important for pregnant moms to get a flu shot?

"If you get sick, stay home".

Taege pointed out the flu can be much more risky than a simple cold. Severity - measured by the proportion of people with flu-like illness taking time off work and the burden on hospitals - has been low.

"You don't know if the person next to you has a compromised immune system", she says.

The flu shot is now available in Nova Scotia and the provincial government is encouraging residents to take advantage of the free vaccine.

Getting the flu jab could be a matter of life and death. He added that frequently washing your hands is crucial as well.

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