Resources for Flu Season: Get your shot today!

Leslie Hanson
November 2, 2018

The vaccine is intended for most adults, as well as children six months of age and older. The importance of knowing how to protect yourself and others is crucial as this year's flu, like in years past, can be fatal. In addition, vaccination during pregnancy helps protect the baby from the influenza virus during the first few months of life, because the vaccinated pregnant mother can pass protective antibodies to baby during pregnancy.

VANCOUVER-One hundred years after an influenza pandemic infected 500 million people worldwide - and resulted in the death of roughly 100 million people - Vancouver Coastal Health is warning people that vaccines are the best way to safeguard against the flu.

"The flu is here in ME already, which is unusual for us".

If you are sick with influenza-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. People with the virus are likely to be more contagious on the day before symptoms of flu first appear, until the first 5 days after the symptoms begin.

One is the trivalent vaccine, and the other, the quadrivalent vaccine. Last year, 2017-18 was a particularly severe season, but we have no way of predicting what will happen this year.

To help get the word out, Minister Elliott encouraged colleagues, community leaders and people across the province to get their flu shot and post about it on social media using the hashtag #FightTheFlu.

Catching the flu is not only uncomfortable; it can be unsafe, especially if you already have a weakened immune system.


There is no cost for the flu shots.

Fluzone High-Doze, given to people ages 65 and older, is a three-component (trivalent) inactivated flu vaccine, according to CDC.

"They've had a predominantly H1N1 season - very, very mild", she said, a massive change from the previous year, when Australia recorded more than 250,000 laboratory-confirmed cases and 1,255 deaths due to flu, up from about 90,000 cases and 464 fatalities in 2016, mostly driven by H3N2 infections. Both are effective in reducing the duration of flu symptoms and in preventing it altogether.

Does the flu shot cause the flu?

There are various flu vaccines available for the 2018-19 season. A full list of locations where flu vaccines are administered in this county is available online at clintonhealth.org. Flu makes a person feel much worse as compared to a cold. It's been around a long time and sometimes, when people can't get flu vaccines, we'll use it for prevention. In some seasons, there are two peaks of influenza outbreak activity; one during the latter part of the year; and, another just before spring. There are two things I like to emphasize all year round but especially this time of year.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. Nasty germs that can be deadly.

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