BC's top doctor says 2017-18 flu season could be especially bad

Joy Montgomery
October 25, 2017

"The best time to get the flu shot is before flu season gets here, it takes two weeks for the vaccine to be effective, so the sooner you get the vaccine, the better", said Marilyn Mitchell, a registered nurse at the health unit.

Vaccination to prevent flu is particularly important for people who are at increased risk of complications from flu, including young children, adults aged 50 years and older, pregnant women and people with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, heart disease and diabetes, according to the release.

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals six months of age and older.

DPH relies on sites such as doctors' offices, hospitals and health departments to help track the level of influenza activity in the state and to identify which strains of the flu are circulating in Kentucky, the news release said.

They say the flu season lasts until late April. And if you do happen to get sick, you probably won't get as sick as you would without it.

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Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the best protection against seasonal flu viruses. In a 2012 Canadian observational study, FLUAD was 63 percent more effective than a regular flu shot.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that CDPH has received the first report of an influenza-associated fatality in a person under the age of 65 for the 2017-2018 flu season. And it can take nearly two weeks for the vaccine to kick in.

"Not just to protect themselves", says Aoki. No appoints are necessary and the shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B.

For children ages 23 months to six years and for seniors, the province has set a target of 80 per cent vaccinated. But Hoffman offered no indication she wants to head down a similar path, saying instead she still has hope health employees will voluntarily vaccinate. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book.

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