Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Get shot: Flu season approaching

Get shot: Flu season approaching

Flu season started at the beginning of October and goes through March. Flu germs spread through the air when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk.

There are also NYS Health Code requirements stating that health care workers who choose to not get the flu vaccine wear a surgical or procedural mask.

Elderly and children are the two groups most susceptible to the flu with the potential to kill. But they certainly aren't enough for the flu virus to reconstitute itself in our bodies.

"This year is the 100th anniversary of the 1918 flu, the greatest killer of all time".

Arkansas is urging residents to get vaccinated for the flu after a particularly deadly flu season past year. Every year, influenza sickens hundreds of thousands of people, sending them to the hospital. Getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later. "Today, there are several vaccines that don't contain egg protein so a person with the allergy should request one of those versions".

The flu vaccine previous year was estimated to be 30-60 percent effective - and this is a significant public health benefit - nothing to sneeze at!

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The best - though not fool-proof - way to get an idea of what kind of flu season we're going to have in Canada is to look to Australia, according to health experts. That way, you'll remain in good shape for a long time for them.

It can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so the government recommends getting the shot soon, before flu season arrives. Students as part of the "Flu Crew" also produced a creative and entertaining music video touting the imporance of getting a shot to fend off the flu. However, if you are not able to get a flu shot at that date and time, you can contact Wagener for a flu shot.

One local pharmacist we asked about vaccine stocks declined to comment, but referred us to HS Forth Valley Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Dr Henry Prempeh.

Most insurance plans including MediCal and Medicare cover free vaccinations from your health care provider.

Every year a new vaccine has to be developed in order to protect against the three or four different viruses that will emerge in a given year. That means there is a window for people to get sick with the flu.

Taege pointed out the flu can be much more risky than a simple cold.

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