Whether you're healthy as a horse or vulnerable to complications, it's time to get a flu shot, according to Burnaby's medical health officer.
Here are four study findings.
Symptoms of the flu can include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
The flu shot is now available at the Co-op Marketplace Pharmacy during regular business hours for the pharmacy, and they do walk-ins. Of all clinicians, pharmacists (67.2 percent) and physicians (63.2 percent) most often worked while sick.
"The statistics are alarming. The more people protected, the less chance of spreading the disease", she said. "We recommend all healthcare facilities take steps to support and encourage their staff to not work while they are sick".
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A team of scientists from the University of Georgia and Sano Pasteur have made a vaccine that protects an entire family of influenza strains, the H3N2, which was the dominant kind in Australia's latest flu season that ended last month. Flu season is typically October to April but can last longer. For those who would rather get out of their vehicle, a special area will also be set up for the shots. And then it runs through May, sometimes with the peak being in December through March.
"Getting immunized is one of the most important ways of preventing influenza".
"If you didn't get it in the first trimester, that's okay, get it anytime during your pregnancy. And there is clear evidence now to show decreased complications and acute respiratory problems in pregnant women", Dr. Crawford says of the flu vaccine and its importance in prenatal care.
Also, if you are around children under two or adults older than 65, you should get the shot to better protect them from the flu.
She adds: "Basically it's just a more concentrated version of the regular flu shot".
There are some circumstances where you might feel down after the shot, but it's not because you have the flu. Influenza doesn't kill anybody. That includes tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths.
By comparison, the 2016-17 season had 219 confirmed deaths related to the flu.