Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Health authorities give tips for fighting flu

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Ben Pena | 20 October, 2018, 12:26

It is clear that all three routes promote the spread of flu each season, but the relative importance of each is still unknown.

If you or your child are eligible for the flu vaccine, I would strongly encourage you to take up the offer.

People most at risk for the flu are young children, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

Fauci says the flu virus can change every year, so it is important to keep up.

Even in a normal season, Health Canada says influenza-related complications can land about 12,000 Canadians in hospital and kill 3,500. Getting a flu shot in no way causes anyone to contract the flu ⏤ although some patients do have mild reactions to the vaccine that they erroneously equate to having the illness ⏤ and the shot is far from useless, as it's the most proven method to protecting against the virus. People can ask their doctor what type of flu vaccine is right for them. "Today, there are several vaccines that don't contain egg protein so a person with the allergy should request one of those versions".

Officials are urging people to get flu shots as soon as possible.

In April, Rice University bioengineer and genetics expert Michael Deem and graduate student Melia Bonomo analyzed this year's flu vaccine and predicted it will be 19 percent effective against H3N2 influenza.

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Most of us get our flu shots in the fall, noted Dr. Michael Ison, a professor in the division of infectious diseases at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "But you can get really sick from a cold".

Two flu clinics are scheduled for Sunday (Oct. 21) for people without health insurance.

"We know that the flu vaccine is not wonderful".

Only about one in three upstate NY adults get their flu shot according to BlueCross BlueShield.

ESR virologist Sue Huang is at the forefront of a Kiwi-led study that could be instrumental in developing a universal five year flu vaccine. "The flu can be more severe for pregnant women, compared to other times in a woman's life". However, skipping the flu vaccine means taking an unnecessary risk - for yourself and others whom you care for or work with, or who may be more vulnerable than you to illness.

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

The classic advice of hand-washing can also help reduce transmission by direct and indirect contact.

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