It's also important to remember that the flu vaccine typically helps shorten the duration and reduce the severity of your symptoms even if you do get the flu-which is another great reason to get your flu shot each year!
Those who are particularly vulnerable to complications from influenza include children younger than 5, adults older than 65, pregnant women, residents in nursing homes or other care facilities, and those with an underlying illness.
Ottawa, in contrast, was seeing a lower rate of influenza overall and among children than the national rates as of the end of the year (the most recent numbers).
"Flu activity has taken off our projection is that it's going to continue to increase, probably for the next few months", says Dr. Andrew Walshak with Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center.
While there were 64 new lab-confirmed cases of the flu reported in the last week of December, it was a drastic drop from the week before which saw 294 new cases. "If the infant stops drinking or breathing, they should be taken for evaluation at the emergency department", added Khan.More news: Surviving R Kelly sheds light on an enabled sexual predator
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Experts said that this year's flu vaccination is a good match to the strains in circulation and it is not too late to get vaccinated.now most cases involve influenza A, last year it was influenza B that was heavily dominant.
Nearly half the cases in Ontario are the H1N1 strain which affects children, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada report.
A statistically significant additional endpoint has been achieved (p=0.006) from further data analyzed by the NIAID from FLU-v 004, which confirmed the result for the primary endpoint and has the potential to become the primary regulatory endpoint for Phase III. Free flu vaccines for children 6 months old through 18 years are available at the department's Immunization Clinic, 3920 Michigan Ave., Fort Myers.
The County Health and Human Services Agency publishes the weekly Influenza Watch report, which tracks key flu indicators and summarizes influenza surveillance in the region. Hospitals do not offer flu shots or routinely test for the flu.
Sometimes people may also experience sneezing, sore throat and stuffy nose, but those symptoms are associated more with the common cold than the flu. They are reminding people to wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs and sneezes with arms, not hands, clean frequently touched surfaces and keep a distance from others to avoid spreading the flu.
Q: If the flu vaccine isn't 100 percent effective, should people still get it?