Flu vaccine delays for over-65s

Henrietta Strickland
October 19, 2018

"The flu shot is incredibly important because it reduces your risk of contracting the flu", Michelle Lin, an emergency room doctor, and professor of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, told Fox News on Thursday. Last year's flu season was the deadliest in more than 40 years.

Some people can develop flu-like symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic, due to a reaction caused by your body producing protective antibodies; having been already exposed to the virus-it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to be effective; or from mismatched flu viruses-the annual shot may not contain the strain of flu virus you have been exposed to.

The best advice is to get the vaccine to lower your chances of infection or minimise the effects of flu.

The CDC has been doing everything in its power to ensure we don't have a repeat of the previous flu season, and recently issued a bulletin emphasizing the importance of being vaccinated.

Dr. Huffer says claims that vaccines are harmful to your health are untrue. So it's possible that you could contract flu or a variation of the virus during in this time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say you should be vigilant with washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes and mouth, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy to help give your immune system a boost. This year, the province is providing a high dose vaccine for long-term-care residents 65 and older.

A researcher from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited analyses samples taken from more than 2000 Wellingtonians
SUPPLIEDA researcher from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited analyses samples taken from more than 2000 Wellingtonians

Following last year's flu season - the worst in decades, killing an estimated 80,000 Americans - health professionals have a strong warning for citizens as this year's flu season arrives: get your flu shot.

The CDC regularly reminds everyone to get their flu shots and to get them early, but many people choose not to or simply decide they don't have the time.

"No, flu vaccines can not cause flu illness", the CDC states.

"Not only are you preventing influenza in the child, you're preventing influenza in their grandparent or any other family member that may be sick or more susceptible to influenza", Huffer says.

If your child can not have a vaccine, the flu mist is back this year.

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