First case of influenza confirmed locally

Henrietta Strickland
November 28, 2019

The Ministry of Health said that as of last Friday, the number of suspected cases for this flu season had reached 2,738 and that there had been 16 confirmed deaths. "It can take up to two weeks after being vaccinated to develop protection against influenza and that's why getting your flu shot early is so important", said Berthiaume. The majority of flu vaccines protect against four different strains of influenza.

A flu vaccine is recommended during fall every year for persons age six months and up. A high dose vaccine, containing three influenza strains is publicly funded and may also be available for people 65 years of age and older.

Residents who have already gotten sick with flu this fall can also benefit from vaccination, since many strains of the flu spread during flu season. However, should high dose vaccine be unavailable, seniors are strongly encouraged to receive another influenza vaccine product to protect against influenza.

"Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, a stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness". Children are "super spreaders", but the vaccination not only protects them but also more vulnerable members of the community, such as the elderly or those with health conditions, from a potentially awful illness.

The Wichita County Public Health District has seen a reported case of an influenza-associated pediatric death in Wichita County. The ministry said that the cumulative number of vaccines administered to the public so far was 16, 301.

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