Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Time to roll up your sleeves for flu shot season

Time to roll up your sleeves for flu shot season

The vaccine will be available at hundreds of Alberta Health Services (AHS) public influenza immunization clinics http://www.ahs.ca/influenza, as well as at many pharmacists and physician offices around the province.

"It takes about 2 weeks for the influenza vaccine to kick in for it to be effective", Wehner said. Experts recommend you get your flu shot before the end of the month. A pharmacist at Walgreens says the flu shot can reduce the time you're sick and severity of sickness. There's added value to the seasonal flu vaccine for pregnant women, too. The injectable vaccine provides protection four strains of flu most likely to circulate this season, including the more severe H3N2.

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NHS England's regional medical director (South), Dr Nigel Acheson said: "Many people think of flu as just a bad cold, but it is much more serious than that". The quadrivalent flu vaccine is created to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses, including the H3N2 virus that was prevalent in the US last year and has dominated in the Southern Hemisphere during its flu season this year.

Echoing Boss' comments, Green stressed the need for more individuals to receive the flu vaccine.

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Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly is one way to prevent the flu but Watson said the best way to avoid the illness is to get a flu shot. "It's important to remember that getting vaccinated not only protects you but the people around you so it's important to remember that being vaccinated is also about protecting the people around you". "Unfortunately, in 2016, only 47 percent of the USA population got a flu shot, so we're a long way from achieving herd immunity against influenza".

The vaccine will be available in a wide variety of places including many public health offices and pharmacies.

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