First day of flu shots, some influenza cases already seen

First day of flu shots, some influenza cases already seen

After the worst flu season in decades previous year, Dr. John Cunningham of Comer Children's Hospital went so far to call it a "significant and national emergency".

You can find out more about how to protect yourself from the flu and where to get the shot in Muskoka here. The CDC recommends everyone over 6 months of age get vaccinated by the end of October each year. Eighty percent of the children who died had not received the flu shot.

"After extensive studies, we know that the flu vaccine is safe", said Moorjani.

Albertans six months of age and older will once again be able to receive a free influenza vaccine. "Although not flawless, the flu shot is a valuable and life-saving public health tool".

"This weekend alone between our walk-in and our first flu clinic, we vaccinated over 250 people", Moise said. "Flu vaccine is the best way to protect both children and adults from serious complications such as hospitalization, and in many cases, death".

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A total of 192 people in the South Zone were admitted to the hospital with lab-confirmed influenza, with seven deaths reported a year ago. It was the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades. "This includes the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions", explained Dr al-Khal. "The chances are the flu vaccine will lessen the severity of the cold".

"The more people who get the flu shot, the less chance the virus can spread while protecting more people.", Webby said.

"It takes two to three weeks for your body to build up antibodies against the flu virus and so don't delay", Rolle said.

But health authorities still suggest the best defense is the flu shot.

Community members can find all the information about the vaccine - including myths and facts - as well as where they can get the vaccine on the website - www.stoptheflu.qa, launched for the first time. And even more shockingly, more than 80,000 Americans died from flu a year ago.

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