'It does not cause influenza': Sask. doctor recommends flu shots

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Last year, the agency said the vaccine was 40 percent effective, meaning it reduced the person's overall risk of getting the illness by that number.

Forty-six people with lab-confirmed cases of the flu died in Manitoba last winter, the highest number in three years, while another 35 were admitted into intensive care units.

"It is really important to get vaccinated, even if the vaccine doesn't cover the strain we might see this year", Hasty said. That's the highest flu-related death toll in the nation in four decades, officials said.

For older recipients, recent studies indicate getting a flu shot helps ward off heart attacks - as much so as taking blood pressure prescriptions or stopping smoking. If you take a nasal spray, side effects include a runny or blocked nose, headache, tiredness, and loss of appetite. It's estimated that influenza causes approximately 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths in Canada each year.

"You have to remember that even in the flu season past year where we were really disappointed in the performance of the flu vaccine, it still did save lives", she said.

With Flu season approaching the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine.

The Influenza vaccine takes approximately 2-4 weeks to build enough immunity in the body to protect someone against the flu virus.

Flu is unpleasant whoever you are.

To protect adults and children alike from the risk of flu and its complications, flu vaccinations are available through the NHS.

The flu epidemic impacts Nebraska every year.

Health officials want people to be vaccinated before flu season hits, and in several recent years the illness has ramped up in some parts of the country as early as November.

Freshman Georgia Wainwright said the SHS has done a great job making flu shots readily available to students.

While the flu season doesn't typically peak until January, individual cases began surfacing last month. It turned out that even though the normal vaccine is made in an egg-based culture, people who are allergic to eggs aren't allergic to the vaccine, she said. In fact, numerous rumored side effects you've probably heard about the flu vaccine - like that the shot can cause the flu - are actually not true at all.

NHS advice is to make the vaccination a priority as flu can be serious for those at risk and result in complications that can lead to hospitalisation.

"Don't work when you're sick, don't expose people to influenza", Schleiss said.

According to statistics from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 80,000 Americans died previous year from the influenza and its complications. Call your pharmacy for more information such as days or times the vaccine is being offered or if an appointment is required.

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