Local Officials Stress Importance of Vaccination as Flu Season Begins

Local Officials Stress Importance of Vaccination as Flu Season Begins

Dr. George Carson, an obstetrician who practices maternal fetal medicine at Regina Hospital, said he frequently encourages pregnant women to get their flu shots as they have more to gain by getting it than non-pregnant women do.

"Most FEHB plans cover flu vaccines at pharmacies, retail stores, doctor's offices, and clinics, and charge no co-pay when using in-network providers". Celeste Philip. "Every person who can, should get their vaccine before Halloween to protect themselves and those they love from the flu".

It is holding four flu vaccine clinics this month at Sanford Southpointe Clinic on 32nd Avenue and 24th Street.

Samuels just turned 70 and said he is anxious about contracting the flu as he ages, even though he has always been healthy. Unlike most flu vaccine, which is made from dead virus material that cannot lead to infection, the nasal mist is made from live flu virus that can cause an infection and is not recommended for people with certain medical conditions and sensitivities.

One company offers a nasal spray version of flu vaccine, but health experts recently have been debating whether it's as good as shots. There are many different flu vaccine options this season, which include high dose and adjuvanted vaccine for adults aged 65 years and older.

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Flu vaccination is part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign, a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, supported by Kent County Council, to help the public ward off common winter illnesses. By the end of that flu season, the CDC estimated that the interim overall effectiveness of the flu vaccine against both influenza A and B viruses was 36%; this included 25% vaccination effectiveness against H3N2 viruses, 67% against H1N1, and 42% against influenza B viruses.

"Flu vaccines are a great preventative measure that reduces the risk of illness for all Manitobans, but particularly for older adults", said Connie Newman, executive director of the Manitoba Association of Senior Centres.

It was 100 years ago that the infamous 1918 influenza pandemic spread death and terror around the world.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. He knows first hand why it's important to get the vaccine. It comes down to the amount of the people the flu affects. Last year, 220 residents participated in the clinic, which is almost half the amount of the 400 people who participated the previous year. Even if you've had the vaccination before it's important to get it again because the type of virus in circulation changes every year and so the vaccine changes too.

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