Medicine

2018-2019 Flu season could be "unpredictable"

2018-2019 Flu season could be

"Our 13 health departments within our district are ready to start vaccinating people against the flu, and of course we want people who are being vaccinated to be vaccinated early", Michael Hokanson with the North Central Health District said.

Adults with chronic conditions need the flu vaccine because people with respiratory diseases like COPD, emphysema or asthma are seven times more likely to die if they catch flu, and people with cardiovascular problems like chronic heart disease or angina, or have had a stroke, are 11 times more likely to die.

Fact #2 - The modern flu shot is produced in two ways, either containing a strain of the disease that is "inactivated" (not infectious) or without any flu virus at all.

Of those, 38.9 per cent of children in that age group were immunized a year ago and 16.4 per cent of pregnant women got the vaccine. If an individual is exposed to the virus in this time, they may develop the flu, despite having been vaccinated against it.

The adjuvanted aTIV vaccine which PHE and the NHS are recommending this year for people aged 65 and over was licenced for use in this age group in September 2017. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu.

Colorized transmission electron micrograph showing H1N1 influenza virus particles.

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It takes two weeks for the body to build immunity after getting the flu vaccine. "But the bottom line is, certainly getting vaccinated gives you more protection than none at all". He never even needed to get out of his vehicle.

Overall, 36.8 per cent of Nova Scotians got an influenza vaccination last year, a slight increase from 36.5 per cent the previous year. Patients were included if they were at least 1-year-old and had seen a doctor within seven days of the onset of flu-like symptoms. The vaccine will be matched to four strains this year, including H3N2 (the dominant strain last year). Even if the antibodies remain in your system, they might be completely useless against this year's strain of flu. Not everybody presents every symptom right away, and some people may become infected without realizing due to their relatively mild symptoms.

Flu season can run anywhere from October to May and peaks during December to February.

Maria Otterholt says the best time to get a flu vaccination is as soon as it's available... Further, vaccinations will continue to be available even when the flu season has already arrived, so even then, there is still a chance to get immunized. Washing and sanitizing your hands thoroughly is one of the most effective, particularly after touching doorknobs, faucets and any other commonly touched, communal objects.

All in all, getting the flu sucks, especially when you're a student with better things to do than lay in bed and feel bad all day. "It should be widely available soon".


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