Take a jab at flu season

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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 standard-dose shots that people get this year will be quadrivalent, meaning they can protect against four viruses.

For most of us, getting the flu shot is just a regular part of fall.

Remember, the flu shot can take two to four weeks before it's fully effective, so it's best to be vaccinated sooner than later.

Check with your physician, your county health department, or use the department's Flu Shot Locator to schedule your flu vaccine. The largest initiative Boynton Health will handle during the upcoming months is setting up mass flu clinics. "And people unfortunately attribute that to the flu shot, when in fact they're not related", he said.

But some doctors think the vaccine has been disappointing in some seasons because its protection can fade quickly against certain flu viruses, apparently most dramatically in people 65 and older.

This year, a nasal spray called "FluMist" is back after a few years on hiatus.

While the low number of recorded cases was heartening, ESR had chosen to extend its surveillance for the rest of October with the flu season spiking later than usual. Vaccination also protects members of vulnerable populations like babies, seniors and immune-compromised people.

SHS Health Educator Jeremy Garcia said the majority of students treated for the flu at the SHS previous year had not received the vaccine.

"Don't work when you're sick, don't expose people to influenza", Schleiss said. We don't know whether this year will be severe or mild.

The CDC and other major medical groups recommend a flu vaccine for anyone six months of age or older, but some patients opt against it because of concerns about effectiveness or ingredients.

"Those over 65 do have a higher risk of hospitalization or even death from influenza infection, and then the other extreme, the infants, the very young and even children under the age of five have high risk".

She stressed that although children get sick more often, but first and foremost the Singapore strain unsafe for seniors.

When it comes to the flu vaccine, the rewards definitely outweigh any potential risks.

There are some people that are advised not to have the vaccine.

Vaccinated against influenza prior to the season, diseases, and October this is the best time. Every flu season is different - every flu strain is different - but getting an annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best strategy we have to protect against it.