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Flu season on the horizon

Mild to moderate flu season expected for Manitoba, says province's medical officer of health

Anyone in these groups faces a greater risk of more serious complications of flu such as pneumonia and so it is recommended that they have a flu vaccine annually to protect them.

Flu shots to everyone! The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain long-term health problems who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness. The other main version of the vaccine is the mist, which is produced using a weakened version of the virus, while technically a "live" virus, the mechanism for infection has been eliminated so it can not cause illness either.

Flu is unpleasant whoever you are.

After a hard flu season last winter, the CDC is now recommending people get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available. More than 500 people were treated for flu in-hospital in the 2017-18 season, the highest since 2009-10. "Vaccines work - they prevent disease and most importantly, they prevent death". "Some people may feel a little achy for a day or two afterwards; some people may even have a low grade fever - but that's not influenza - that's the body making antibodies, getting strong, and getting ready to fight off the flu".

In a panel hosted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Washington on September 27, Surgeon General Jerome Adams took a nasal vaccine - an effort, he said, to make flu prevention "go viral". Inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV), recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) are all fair game.

Anyone can get the flu. Medical experts have stated Thursday is the beginning of flu season as all Americans should prepare to get the vaccine.

Normally, deaths from influenza range from 12,000 to 56,000 people each season.

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Last year's vaccines, according to a piece in the Washington Post, were less effective than doctors had hoped.

"I'm exhausted of hearing people say, 'Well, I didn't get sick and I didn't get the flu shot.' Or, 'I don't like it, my arm hurts, '" said Adams. In addition, the CDC reported the highest ever recorded number of people of all ages being hospitalized.

This year, the government is doing something a bit different than years past and will be offering every Ontario resident six months of age and older, including pregnant women, a quadrivalent flu vaccine which is broad protection. "This year's vaccine includes an updated H3N2 strain, which was the predominant strain seen last flu season".

This year, a nasal spray called "FluMist" is back after a few years on hiatus. Students can tweet a picture of themselves receiving a flu shot to @UM_HealthCenter using the hashtag #UM_FLUSHOT for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card.

Dr. Chris Freer, chair of emergency medicine for Saint Barnabas Medical Center and system director of RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Services, said he has also seen flu patients come into his facility. So many people caught the flu that some hospitals and pharmacies across the USA ran out of antiviral drugs, Alabama declared a state of emergency and a school district in Arkansas closed all 10 of its schools.

"By vaccinating yourself, it will protect people who can can't get vaccinated by 'herd immunity, '" explained Dr. Neha Shah, an infection prevention specialist with Piedmont Newnan.

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