Health leaders urge Albertans to get vaccinated as free flu clinics open

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Health leaders urge Albertans to get vaccinated as free flu clinics open

Region of Waterloo Public Health also says they often hear the misconception that the flu vaccination can make you sick, but they say that is not the case. "It's the safest way to prevent the spread of the flu and the best way to protect loved ones".

Australia is now suffering through one of its worst flu seasons in recent years because of H3N2, which is also the strain responsible for the Hong Kong Flu pandemic of the late 1960's which killed 750,000 people. Both vaccines, which are administered just once at different times, work in different ways to provide maximum protection.

Influenza cases are broken down by specific age groups and counties, the number of deaths resulting from influenza and the current influenza activity level being reported in the state. She encourages everyone to get the flu shots.

"Influenza does not discriminate", Sikora said, noting immunization is the most effective means of protecting against the strains of influenza virus because strains change from season to season.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that CDPH has received the first report of an influenza-associated fatality in a person under the age of 65 for the 2017-2018 flu season. Last season, 63 per cent of AHS workers were vaccinated - up slightly from the previous year - while Covenant Health employees posted a rate of 55 per cent. "You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in the community".

These FDA approved vaccines are created to offer extra protection beyond what a standard flu shot provides, which is important for older adults who have weaker immune defenses and have a great risk of developing risky flu complications.

DHEC county public health departments are also offering flu vaccine.

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. "The flu vaccine will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m.to 4:30 p.m. until the supply has been exhausted", according to their website.

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