Widespread flu activity across the country

Grant Boone
December 28, 2018

The influenza vaccine has been made easily accessible to everyone to ensure vaccination of as many people as possible.

The report provides important statistics on the existing state of the said market.

Reynolds did mention local flu activity is starting to rise this month for MI.

"Businesses should be proactive in helping keep workers and customers safe from getting the flu virus by taking steps to help prevent the spread of germs in their facilities", says Adam Soreff, director of marketing and communications at UniFirst Corporation, a leading provider of work uniforms and facility service products to businesses throughout the North America.

It has been recognized for many years people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared to young healthy adults because of a compromised immune system due to age.

Carlstrom said flu season tends to peak between December and January, during the holiday season, possibly related to an increase in social gatherings and contact.

Dr. David Williams says the vaccine was carefully formulated to protect against four current flu strains based on recommendations from the World Health Organization.

More than three times as many children have been hospitalized with the flu across the country compared to this time a year ago, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada's latest FluWatch report.

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Andy Haeggquist, director of pharmacy for Family Pharmacy, said they have already started dispensing prescriptions of Tamiflu for patients with active flu cases.

Anna Madison, a spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada, told told Ireland there are likely a couple of reasons.

There have been 92 confirmed cases so far this season with 13 hospitalizations and two deaths reported.

The flu vaccine can be given to children with either a needle or nasal spray.

Strains of flu that seem to be prevalent now are A: H1N1 and A: unspecified.

But even if it weren't, the flu shot does more than prevent the virus, he said, noting that data suggests the vaccine can also help reduce the severity of infection - which in turn could prevent hospitalizations.

The CDC reports flu can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. If they don't get flu shots by the 31st, then they must be kept home from school for the duration of flu season (through March 31), unless they get the shot. When washing your hands, make sure to lather and scrub for at least 20 seconds.

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