A spokesperson for the HSE said that the best way to protect yourself is to get the flu vaccine.
Although there are fewer cases of influenza than this time a year ago, experts say rates of influenza are generally above-average levels across the country. You may have a little low-grade fever, little achiness a day or two after getting the flu shot.
We agree, getting a flu shot makes sense.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rated flu activity in Washington as minimal at the end of December. As we move into peak flu season, it brings the total of influenza related deaths to 13.
Those with flu symptoms are advised to visit their primary care doctor, a Lee Health Convenient Care, walk-in or urgent care center.
While H1N1 was the dominant flu strain last season, this one has already been far worse.
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Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, headaches, fatigue and coughing. The return of the quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV4) by The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the CDC is expected to enlarge and improve protection and coverage.
Another Saskatchewan life has been lost due to influenza, bringing the province's total number of flu-related deaths to six since September 1, 2018.
A "universal" influenza vaccine producer announced additional good news regarding the Phase IIb viral challenge Study for FLU-v (FLU-v004). The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely the virus is to spread - protecting those who are most vulnerable, including babies, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems.
Moore said physicians at CHEO are seeing cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and other viruses as well as some flu. (Lab-confirmed cases represent a small percentage of all flu cases, often just the ones that require hospitalization).
Thomas suggested other ways to help prevent contracting the flu is individuals should wash their hands, cover their cough, and if they are ill, they should stay home. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.
The flu season began early this year, in November, and has hit the region's children and young adults harder than in past years.
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