Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Half of parents think flu shot causes the flu

Half of parents think flu shot causes the flu

Indeed, this year's flu season has already killed at least one person: a child in Florida who was not vaccinated and had no underlying health problems.

The unvaccinated child was otherwise healthy, health officials said. Of those eight, none had received the flu shot, Brad Dalton, deputy press secretary for the Florida Department of Health, said in a statement to Fox News. The child tested positive for influenza B at a local health care provider.

Anyone six months and older can get the flu shot at the Public Health Centre or at a pharmacy for those who are five years and up.

The exact timing and duration of the flu season varies from year to year, but often cases begin to increase in October, according to another report by the CDC.

Last flu season, 92 people died in hospital of the flu in Alberta.

"Getting vaccinated each year is important because the strains of influenza that circulate change over time".

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The first Florida flu death of the season has been reported. Those feeling ill should also cover their cough and stay home, to prevent spreading the flu to others.

When it comes to the conventional flu shot, the CDC makes no "preferential recommendation" between the vaccine that protects against three flu strains and the vaccine that protects against four flu strains.

The vaccine, which contains an inactivated virus, is recommended by the CDC for all Americans, particularly the most vulnerable, to lower their risk of infection or lessen the intensity of the virus if they do catch it. Flu shots are generally recommended for anyone age 6 months and older.

"It's hard to predict how badly an influenza season will be, just because the strains do change and can change over time and it's hard to predict when an influenza season will start", explained Sikora, who is AHS' acting senior medical officer of health.

Anti-virals like Tamiflu are effective in lessening the symptoms of the flu but are most effective if administered within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

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