Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Last year's flu vaccine wasn't very effective. This year's looks more promising

Last year's flu vaccine wasn't very effective. This year's looks more promising

The revelation that a whopping 80,000 people died from the disease this past year alone was a punctuation on a plea by Redfield to schedule flu vaccinations as soon as possible.

The publicly-funded vaccination program offers the injectable vaccine, which provides protection against four different flu virus strains most likely to circulate this season.

"No, flu vaccines can not cause flu illness", the CDC states.

"Everyone eligible here will be able to get it by the end of November, well in advance of the traditional flu season".

Fauci says the flu virus can change every year, so it is important to keep up.

Mirella Salvatore, an infectious disease specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, told The New York Times the strains which are now circulating match that in the vaccine, but noted "even when vaccines do not match circulating strains they seem to prevent severe disease, and studies show that unmatched vaccines can still avert million of hospitalizations".

"There's pretty good evidence that the flu vaccine does not cause autism", said Dr. Thomas Huffer, Pediatrician, HSHS St. Vincent Children's Hospital.

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While there are many misconceptions about the flu vaccine, "the most common one we hear is that it gives people the flu", Lin said.

That said, Lin noted receiving the vaccine anytime during the season is "better late than never".

How severe will this year's flu season be?

According to Australia's Department of Health, flu activity - measured by the proportion of patients admitted directly to hospital intensive care units and deaths attributed to influenza - has been low to moderate. So protecting them doesn't need to come with a painful jab.

The reason why? While many report headaches and even fevers, this is because the flu shot actually takes up to two weeks to take effect.

Some Thunder Bay pharmacies are now offering flu shots to their customers.

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