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This season’s flu shot far more effective than last year’s, researchers find

Health officials encourage Albertans to get their 'very effective' flu shot This season’s flu shot effective enough to block 7 of 10 cases: BC CDC
Francis Osborne | 29 January, 2019, 04:09

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year's flu and complications from it killed 80,000 people - the highest national influenza death toll in 40 years. It was much the same last flu season.

The H1N1 virus strain is the most widely confirmed influenza A strain this season, however H3 viruses are dominating in the southeastern United States, the CDC reported Friday. "We just don't know, nor can we predict why some people die of the flu", he says.

Henry admits the flu shot is not ideal by any means, but says it's certainly the best protection.

You've probably heard that you can get the flu from getting a flu vaccine. Maine CDC Director Bruce Bates says influenza season peaks between December and March, and it's critical for residents to take precautions. People over age 65, children under age 2 and individuals with medical conditions should also get a pneumococcal vaccination to prevent pneumonia, according to the CDC. In fact, the week that ended in January 19 alone, there were three additional pediatric deaths related to flu, bringing the total number to 22. Rather, a slight fever or general achiness or fatigue can be a sign that your immune system is doing what it should be to build immunity to flu in response to the vaccine. Caused by the influenza virus, the flu is among the leading causes of illness in the country, according to the Department of Health (DoH).

But the experts say it's not too late to act on something that can go a long way when it comes to avoiding this contagious virus.

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GP consultations with flu-like illness and intensive care admission rates remain at similar levels to last week (19.6 from 19.2 per 100,000 in England and 0.54 from 0.55 per 100,000 respectively), while there has been a slight increase in hospital admissions rates from 4.8 to 5.04 per 100,000.

This season's influenza vaccine appears to be highly effective, reducing the risk of infection with the dominant circulating flu strain by more than 70 per cent - far better than what was seen with last year's shot, Canadian researchers say.

"So every year's flu vaccine is actually slightly different".

The BCCDC reminds people that general hygiene practices such as washing your hands, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and refraining from touching your face, are also steps that can minimize sickness. Next, people with the flu should stay home from work or school.

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