Young people dying from flu

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

According to a recent survey by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, 43 percent of American adults said they had already received a flu shot.

Last year, we opened 2018 urging those who had not yet received a flu shot to get one.

Adopting good health habits to stop the spread of germs can be a big help in avoiding the flu. "We are far from the peak for the time being as the epidemic limit for our country is 500 cases per 100,000". If you don't have medical insurance, you can go to a County public health center to get vaccinated. It has roughly the same level of effectiveness as Tamiflu, but it also seems to reduce shedding of the virus, or the amount of virus you put out that can infect other people.

The Centers for Disease Control reports children younger than 5 years old - and especially those younger than 2 years old - are at high risk of serious flu-related complications due to their limited immune system.

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The CDC reviews the effectiveness of the vaccine each year and often bases expectations on how virulent the strain was and how it was treated in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia. "If it looks like viruses are starting to change in specific ways (which can impact how well the vaccine works), this can trigger health authorities to recommend different viruses for vaccine production", the CDC states on its website, www.cdc.gov. There have also been 414 pediatric hospitalizations due to influenza, including 71 intensive care unit admissions, according to the most recent government data - figures that are more than double than the same period past year.

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While the Public Health Agency of Canada's most recent FluWatch report from december 29 says that there have been "less than five" pediatric deaths from influenza this season, as of January 10, Saskatchewan alone has recorded four influenza-related deaths in children under the age of five.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

The truth is the flu and the common cold are caused by viruses. Influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year.

Q: How do you and your team measure how well the vaccine is protecting people against the flu in a given year? Residents should also remember that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. Of the six reported, most cases were found within people who were 65 and older.

When it first appeared 10-years-ago, a majority of people, particularly younger children and adults, had not experienced it before, resulting in many people getting sick not just in Ontario and Canada, but around the world.

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