It's not too late to get a flu shot

Save a grandma. Get your flu shot

The Northwest Territories has had its first flu case of the season, with officials urging people to take advantage of a vaccine expected to work well against current strains. Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated is encouraged to get an influenza vaccine now.

"We had our first documented case of influenza last week". In Canada, about 3,500 people died from the flu.

Watch "Your 2-Minute Guide To Getting Flu Shots In Canada".

This year's vaccine has been created to protect against influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) and influenza B.

Practice other good health habits, such as cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, getting plenty of sleep when possible, staying physically active, managing your stress level, drinking plenty of fluids and eating a nutritious diet.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises everyone 6 months or older to get vaccinated, especially people at high risk for developing serious complications from influenza: young children, adults older than 65, pregnant women and individuals with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and lung disease or compromised immune systems. So far this year, they are up between 25 and 30 per cent over last year.

But, as of November 7th, there have been 2 pediatric deaths reported in the United States of America for the 2018-2019 influenza season.

The provincial Ontario government has said that the flu shot is 40 per cent effective at reducing both influenza A and B viruses.

On average, the flu sends 12,200 Canadians to a hospital and kills 3,500 a year - "an underappreciated contributor to mortality", said Dr. Njoo. The actual numbers can vary from year to year depending on the severity of the flu season.

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And, compared to last year's severe flu season - during which 38 people died in Ottawa - this season is likely to be less severe, based on the prevalent strain of flu and the experience in Australia, which is usually a good predictor.

The person was in the 65 and older age group, the spokeswoman said.

"It is recommended that you wait in the office up to 15 min post injection to make sure there are no other immediate reactions", says Dr. Radivojevic.

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.

The Conversation Get your flu shot early to avoid getting sick and spreading the virus to others. It takes about more than two weeks after vaccination for the antibodies to develop in the body and so protect against the disease. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October.

Dr. Cook says that if you have a fever with a temperature over 99.5, then you should hold off until the fever dissipates.

There are always those who choose not to get vaccinated out of fear.

The flu is different from a cold, typically coming on suddenly.

Participating pharmacies offer a list of 10 YouTube videos that can be accessed via the patient's cellphone and viewed through virtual reality goggles provided by the stores. Throw tissues in the trash after you use them.

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