Flu shots available despite postponement of immunization clinics

Flu shots available despite postponement of immunization clinics

Area residents planning to get vaccinated against the flu can take advantage of other options in spite of the suspension of plans for community clinics by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

"Because flu viruses change continuously, we have also invested heavily in this year's flu programme, introducing two new vaccines to offer event great protection to those most at risk", Dr McBride wrote in The Belfast Telegraph.

'Some of our most vulnerable people are living in care homes and more must be done to protect them.

The flu season which peaked in around the start of February of this year took approximately 80,000 lives.

The flu vaccine helps to prevent the flu or the severity of the illness if contracted.

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital surveyed 700 people nationally.

Mirella Salvatore, an infectious disease specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, told The New York Times the strains which are now circulating match that in the vaccine, but noted "even when vaccines do not match circulating strains they seem to prevent severe disease, and studies show that unmatched vaccines can still avert million of hospitalizations".

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The best advice is to get the vaccine to lower your chances of infection or minimise the effects of flu.

An overwhelming majority of them had not been vaccinated.

Even in a normal season, Health Canada says influenza-related complications can land about 12,000 Canadians in hospital and kill 3,500.

Lin said this year's vaccine protects against three or four strains of the flu. Flu season there, which is coming to an end, has been relatively mild.

Health Canada has approved the use of the flu vaccine nasal spray for children or adults who can't, or don't want to, receive the shot.

While reactions to the flu shot may include a low-grade fever or muscle aches, the vaccine can not cause the flu virus.

Twenty-eight percent believe the flu shot causes autism.

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