'It does not cause influenza': Sask. doctor recommends flu shots

Flu rates have been 'unseasonably low' in New Zealand this year but experts are warning that Kiwis aren't out of the woods just yet

123RFFlu rates have been 'unseasonably low' in New Zealand this year but experts are warning that Kiwis aren't out of the woods just yet

The shot protects you until March and you'll have to get another one the next month.

"The World Health Organization does a great job of predicting what influenza viruses will be most widespread during a given flu season", says Webster. Everyone else needs only one dose each flu season.

"Each flu season always seems to be a little bit of a surprise", said Susan Kline, a professor of medicine at M Health.

"The majority of students treated for the flu at the Student Health Service previous year had not received the vaccine", said Garcia. Flu season typically peaks in January and February. All Americans need to receive a flu shot as soon as possible to stay healthy.

Dr Huda said: "Immunisation against flu is effective and any side-effects are negligible compared to the impact of flu".

"All NHS staff are encouraged to get the vaccination which will also help to protect patients, colleagues and their families".

"We're optimistic that this year the match will be better", said David Priest, chief medical director for infection prevention at Novant Health, the 15-hospital network based in Winston-Salem. "But we're hopeful that we're going to see maybe fewer people with influenza in that age group".

Each year a new flu vaccine is made to protect against three or four viruses that are likely to cause disease in the upcoming flu season.

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The flu vaccine remains the best defence against flu and will be offered to around 2.5 million people this year, including those with health conditions, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and children aged two-11.

According to CDC officials, while the last flu season was one of the deadliest in the history, vaccinations helped to cut risks for over 40 percent.

"It's convenient for students because they can stop by and not worry about getting it elsewhere", Albert, said. For more information about the flu vaccine, the cost associated with the flu vaccine, or to schedule an appointment for your child, call the Scotland County Health Department at 910-277-2440.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends an influenza (flu) vaccine every year as the first and best way to protect against getting the flu.

In comparison, an estimated 14,000 GP visits and 2300 hospitalisations were related to the flu last winter.

A record number of people received flu vaccines last winter in Manitoba, with more than 320,000 doses administered. For those who are a Medicare beneficiary, your seasonal flu vaccine is usually covered, but check with the provider of the flu shot before getting it.

"It's biologically impossible", he added.

"Indigenous people are on the list of high-risk folks because they tend to be hit harder by the influenza virus", Bhardwaj said.

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