YOUR HEALTH: Could one shot stop the flu for good?

Grant Boone
November 10, 2018

No appointment is required to get a flu vaccine at the Health Department. While many are skeptical of vaccination, the flu vaccine does not "cause" the flu.

These are meager efforts when compared to the roughly $1 billion spent annually on developing an HIV vaccine and the many billions that have been spent on vaccines for the Zika and Ebola viruses, which have little relevance to Americans.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the flu viruses are active year round; however they are more common during fall and winter. When "flu season" strikes varies on a yearly basis, but flu activity begins to heighten in October, peaking between December and February, and tapers by May.

Influenza vaccination prevents millions of medical visits, tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths each year, even with vaccine effectiveness estimates around 40 percent to 60 percent, the CDC said.

Smith, who also noticed last year's flu season was more severe, wanted to stress some of the myths that surround the vaccine as well.

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The County Health and Human Services Agency publishes the weekly Influenza Watch report, which tracks key flu indicators and summarizes influenza surveillance in the region.

The good news is that this year's vaccine is expected to be a good match to the strains of the flu that are on their way.

You can have your flu jab at your GP surgery or local pharmacy and for those who are most at risk of suffering serious consequences if they catch the flu, the vaccination is free - it‟s free because you need it. "Don't go visit your grandpa or grandma in a long-term care home if you feel like you're sick, because you're going to be taking it into a vulnerable population". Seniors respond less well to vaccines than younger people because, as we age, our immune system functions less well.

McKinstry and fellow immunologists are studying a group of white blood cells called T-cells. The Ontario Ministry of Health recommends that everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot. "The other thing is if the strain has changed enough, the vaccine doesn't cover it all, or, if the strain wasn't expected appears, then obviously we tend to get worse years in terms of number of cases than anticipated". And, as reminder, having received a flu shot in March 2018 has nothing to do with this season.

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