Is it too late to get a flu shot?

Grant Boone
January 10, 2019

It has been a deadly flu season across Canada and Saskatchewan this year.

The Canadian health agency reports 43% of the cases in Ontario so far this season are children, compared to about 20% past year.

But he can tell you it's not too late to get your flu shot.

The flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses and can cause mild to severe symptoms.

MA has had about 2,200 confirmed influenza cases through the first week of January this season, according to MA state data.

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Maine ended the 2017-18 flu season with 9,018 cases and 82 deaths, the Maine CDC reported, the worst flu season in at least five years.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6-months-old and older get a flu shot every year. "In the last week or so we've started to see increases, similar to what we're seeing nationally. I think this year we can anticipate that emergency rooms, out-patient visits will be greater because younger people are being affected by H1N1, but the overall impact of serious outcomes should be less this year compared to the last couple of seasons".

"If you have a child that is sick, keep them at home until they are better, the three to four days it takes to recover from the flu", said Dr. Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer. "Get your flu shot and get protected".

So far in North Carolina, there have been 10 flu-related deaths this flu season. But there are a number of reasons to get vaccinated now if you haven't done so already. The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely the virus is to spread - protecting those who are most vulnerable, including babies, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems. It also misstated the percentage of children that make up B.C.'s population.

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