Officials offer million of vaccines from flu this season

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Those without medical insurance coverage will be charged $40.

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"We always look at our partners in the southern hemisphere, so it's usually Australia's flu season, to see if the vaccine was a good match for what was circulating at the time", said Justeen Mansourian-Christakos, an infectious disease nurse, Public Health Sudbury and Districts.

About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. The World Health Organization and the FDA in the United States have already selected the strains for the vaccine, and they've been tweaked to be more effective against the H1N1 strain, the main strain that caused the 2009 pandemic, and that was an issue in 2017 as well.

The CDC recommends flu vaccinations for everyone aged 6 months or older, and especially for people with health complications, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and obesity, who are more susceptible to health complications arising from a flu infection.

"Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later", Parrish said.

Based on its flu monitoring around the country, at least 6300 people who visited a general practice and more than 1400 hospitalised patients have been infected with influenza this winter.

Paules said 2018 marks 100 years since the influenza pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than any war or natural disaster in history: "It's worth thinking about what we can do to protect ourselves".

Because the fu can be so unpredictable, it is better to be vaccinated earlier, rather than later, to be covered for a longer time frame, officials said.

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After a hard flu season last winter, the CDC is now recommending people get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available.

Anyone wishing to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill from influenza. The influenza virus hijacks human cells in the nose and throat to make copies of itself.

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This year's flu preparation comes after the worst flu season in decades.

The flu shot can not give you the flu.

There is also a higher dose trivalet vaccine which protects against two A strains and one B strain that is available to individuals who are 65 years of age or older. Everyone else needs only one dose each flu season.

"The flu virus mutates and changes easily". This represented approximately 1 percent of the US population at the time; in today's terms, that would equal more than 30 million deaths in the USA alone.

"Whenever you have a prevalent flu strain in one season you're going to see that one in your next vaccine". 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.

Clinics across the province open on October 15. The flu jab is the safest way to help protect you and your baby against flu, no matter how many months pregnant you are or however fit and healthy you may feel.