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3 things we know will happen this flu season

3 things we know will happen this flu season

While accompanying her young grandchildren for flu vaccinations at the South Calgary Health Centre on Monday, Laurie Barnett said the absence of the nasal mist could deter some parents from having needle-children protected from the illness.

Fluzone High-Dose: Approved for USA use in 2009, the Fluzone High-Dose is a high-potency vaccine that contains four times the amount of antigen as a regular flu shot does, which creates a stronger immune response for better protection. The last weekend without an influenza case was July 11, 2016.

After getting the flu shot, it takes about two weeks for full protection to kick in.

Adequate supplies of flu vaccine are expected to be available for this year's season. Last season, 63 per cent of AHS workers were vaccinated - up slightly from the previous year - while Covenant Health employees posted a rate of 55 per cent.

The vaccine's effectiveness tends to vary from year to year due to the virus's ability to change, although AHS says getting the shot is still the most effective means of protecting oneself.

"There is every reason to expect that we could have a severe flu season this year", said Dr. Robert Atmar, professor and interim chief of the section of infectious diseases at Baylor.

To reduce this risk, CDPH recommends the annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older.

Several leading pharmacies contacted by Postmedia said while they provide the regular shots they won't be offering for sale the vaccine known as FluMist this year, some saying it hasn't been "approved" by health care authorities.

"South Carolinians should act now to protect themselves and their families", she said.

Lambton Public Health, Point Edward: Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m., and November 7 from 1 p.m.to 7 p.m.

"Influenza is a serious respiratory infection and even healthy people can end up in hospital".

Each year in California, influenza is estimated to cause millions of illnesses, tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths.

Flu vaccines offered at DHEC Health Department clinics will be available by appointment, according to the release.