Why Students Should Get Flu Shots

Grant Boone
November 1, 2019

And even if you get the shot and still end up catching the flu, the symptoms are likely to be a lot milder than they would be without it.

Parental permission is required for students who are 18 and younger to receive their flu shot.

With that in mind, here's what to know about this year's flu shot-and flu shots in general-when it comes to their effectiveness, as well as what other factors influence how well it protects you from the flu.

"Since 2012, Ontarians have increasingly demonstrated their preference to getting their flu shot from their community pharmacist, with more than 1.2 million pharmacy immunizations past year alone", said Justin Bates, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association.

"Back in the old days it was a live virus, so there are people that still recall they got a shot a long time ago and they did get the flu with it".

Getting the vaccine now will give people a head start before flu activity ramps up between now and February.

Influenza season usually peaks in January or February in most years, but it takes about two weeks for the body to develop antibodies that protect against the flu.

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Other jurisdictions will follow, he predicted: "I'm confident that they will catch up to us - this is not just a B.C. phenomenon". Premier John Horgan previously suggested B.C. will wait to move uniformly with other West Coast jurisdictions in the U.S.

"Nurse practitioners are proud to play such an important role in administering flu shots across Ontario", said Dawn Tymianski, Chief Executive Officer of the Nurse Practitioner's Association of Ontario (NPAO).

Let's not forget many students live on-campus and are surrounded by hundreds of other students who could potentially get the flu.

Starlette Dossou, Ph.D., Nebraska Medicine clinician at the UNO Health Center said she wants to get as many students as possible in to get their flu shots, especially since they offer the shot for free.

Weltman's report notes that the wait time for a long-term care bed is a "significant contributor" to hallway health care in Ontario - patients waiting for a long-term care bed often occupy a hospital bed, which leads to a backlog in the emergency room.

Influenza can cause mild to severe illness, including death from complications.

This year's flu season in Australia was also notable because it began so early, at least a month ahead of usual flu seasons.

People 65 and older are typically advised to get a higher-dose flu vaccine.

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