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Get flu shot now for best protection

Get flu shot now for best protection

The Kettering Health Network is offering a unique way for people to get their flu shots at their local hospitals.

The vaccine is free for all Nova Scotians.

Although past year saw record take up of influenza vaccination, they noted that more than one in three NHS staff still failed to have the jab, with just one in five being vaccinated in some trusts.

"Vaccination is a simple, safe and effective way to prevent getting and spreading the virus". However, if a patient visits their doctor for the sole goal of getting a flu shot they would have to pay for it, because it is no longer covered under MCP. "So, this is the flawless time before we get a lot of flu out there to make sure that you're protected or that your family is protected". "(It) still takes your body a little bit of time to build up immunity and the immune response so usually, about a week to 10 days before you're fully protected". Symptoms can include fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat, or cough.

"The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is warning residents that the flu season appears to have arrived early this year, with this first influenza-related death of the season and early reports of flu activity from other parts of the state", said the state's influenza surveillance coordinator Leslie Tengelsen, PhD, DVM, in a recent press release.

"Influenza, which people often call the flu, is sometimes confused with the common cold, the stomach flu (norovirus) or other illnesses caused by a virus", said Dr. Rakel Kling, medical health officer. "Be sure to ask your provider which vaccine is best for you".

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The health group is promoting its new program where people can drive up to the drive-thru window and get their flu shots.

It's not so much about you getting the shot; it's about the people you could be giving the flu to.

"That is the strain more typically associated with more severe illness in older adults", Herlihy said.

"They say anywhere from three to seven million people could get the flu in Canada".

For healthy children aged two to eight the flu vaccine is given in the form of a nasal spray, rather than an injection. The vaccine provides protections against multiple strains of flu, including H3N2, she said. Flu shots will be offered to parents, siblings, and direct caregivers of Riley patients for free.


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