Flu season: Chatham-Kent's medical officer of health remains vigilant

UL Hospitals urges at-risk groups to get flu vaccine

UL Hospitals urges at-risk groups to get flu vaccine

The flu shot is free to Muskingum county residents and the Health Department encourages anyone who hasn't received the vaccine yet to take advantage of the upcoming clinics.

By the same time a year ago, 71 cases had been reported.

Curtis Chafe, a pharmacist with Shoppers Drug Mart in Halifax, says flu season runs from November until March - however it's good to get vaccinated early.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer, said: "Flu kills and we could save thousands of lives if everyone eligible got their free jab".

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Last flu season was bad because the vaccine wasn't as protective against a particular strain, said Passaretti.

The CDC recently launched its seasonal flu vaccination campaign, with the director of the agency's Influenza Division Daniel B. Jernigan, MD, MPH, receiving his shot.

It has expanded the nasal flu vaccination programme to include children from the age of two up to and including those in school Year 4. Both numbers are higher than average for this time of year, state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said, adding that such numbers could signal a wicked flu season. Children in reception class and years one, two, three and four will be offered it at their school.

Last flu season, 65 people were hospitalized on P.E.I. "This underscores how important it is for all of us to take precautions now to avoid influenza infections".

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For those over 65, it turns out you've got some options when it comes to these important vaccinations.

A report released Thursday by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services showed no flu deaths were reported in the state during the first week of October. The vaccine provides protections against multiple strains of flu, including H3N2, she said.

"Student Health Services has put on different flu shot clinics".

"Our policies tell us that when we have a certain number of patients that get hospital-acquired flu illness, then we declare an outbreak", said Northcott. But still, some people end up coming down with the flu shot.

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People with allergies to vaccine ingredients can often receive the vaccine safely, if it is given in a doctors office where they can be monitored.

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