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Mass. Hit With Early Flu Season

07 December 2017

Some flu shots protect against three flu viruses and some protect against four flu viruses.

Goudreau agrees with the authors' suggestion that research should continue to develop a better and more effective universal flu vaccine created to decrease illness and death.

"What we do know is that the more people who get the vaccine, the fewer people get sick, the milder the flu season is for everyone", said Dr. John Marshall of Maimonides Medical Center.

A Nov. 30 report by the BC Centre of Disease Controlsays that for the time period between Nov. 12 and Nov. 25, flu rates are within the 10-year average and detection "remains at low but increasing levels, with a mix of influenza A and B".

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Skiest said it's also too soon to tell if the vaccine is a good match to the spreading virus, but he recommends the shot for most people.

Pregnant women, children aged between six to 59 months, the elderly, individuals with specific chronic medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, asthma, and chronic heart or lung diseases, and health-care workers have the highest risk of contracting the virus, according to WHO.

If you're 65 or older, there are two vaccine options created to boost immune response. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to build up and protect against the flu.

"The absolute best thing you can do to prevent illness, hospitalizations and even death from flu complications, is to get your flu shot", said Dr. Levine. To find a location near you to get the flu vaccine, go to or dial 2-1-1. This year, there are concerns that the shot is not very effective, but experts are still encouraging people to get it.

Mass. Hit With Early Flu Season