Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

State health officials say it's not too late for a flu shot

State health officials say it's not too late for a flu shot

The Ohio Department of Health and the CDC are reporting that the flu virus is spreading faster than usual, and this year's flu season could be severe.

In Australia, which can be an indicator of what to expect for Canada's flu season, the shot provided minimal success when it comes to protecting people from the virus.

The Edmonton zone has reported 167 lab confirmed cases and 61 hospitalizations.

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The researchers said the issues with the vaccine last year and this year show that it might be time to focus on creating a "universal" vaccine that would protect against seasonal variants of the illness and be more durable. The American flu vaccine uses the same composition, they note.

The CDC is reporting sporadic flu cases in IN and regional in Kentucky.

Flu season is expected to peak around Christmas. However, this year's flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective. While the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can vary from year to year, it's the best way to prevent the virus as well as serious complications that can happen if you do become ill, including those that can result in hospitalization.

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"The vaccine contains to different components of Influenza A and two components of Influenza B", she said. However, while vaccinated people can still get sick, generally they get a milder and less risky form of the illness.

Getting vaccinated later; however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other options which are available for certain age groups. One way communities are working on getting more people vaccinated against influenza is by holding school located flu clinics.

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He also suggests for older folks to ask for the higher dose of the flu shot, since your immune system isn't as strong. We can look to what happened in the Southern Hemisphere last summer - their winter - for indications of what will happen with our flu season, and Australia just had a very bad flu year, with high numbers of cases and high severity. You might need it if you find yourself battling the flu.

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