50% of Surveyed Parents Believe Flu Vaccine Causes Flu

A leading GP has assured older people that they will receive their flu jabs in time despite some reports of delays

A leading GP has assured older people that they will receive their flu jabs in time despite some reports of delays

The province is also reminding residents that the seasonal flu vaccine campaign is underway and the regular flu shot is free of charge to all Manitobans older than six months.

Flu season started in October and a flu-related death so early in the season is somewhat unsual, according to Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG.

For decades, researchers have been trying to find a universal vaccine for the flu - which is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in the United States alone.

"By the way, I understand is that the flu virus circulating this year is a little nastier than usual, makes people a little bit sicker". Influenza is a communicable disease and the government must enforce proper public health policy in such kind of situation where spread of communicable diseases especially flu are really threat to the citizens, he said. Some studies have found that prior vaccination may reduce current-season flu VE, particularly when similar flu strains are used 2 years in a row, though the study's authors note that few studies have assessed this in children or examined the effect of flu vaccinations received in the prior 2 or 3 seasons.

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State Epidemiologist Zack Moore said in a statement that people should get a flu shot.

"Influenza is high fever, headaches, dry cough, sore muscles and it can lead to problems like pneumonia and other various life threatening conditions", Belcher said.

"One of the common ones (misconceptions) that we do get is that the flu shot will cause the flu, and that is incorrect", he said.

A high-dose shot is available for seniors aged 65-plus, who are often at higher risk for severe complications from influenza, which in some cases can be fatal. "Because information can come from so many places, from friends and family to the internet, it's important to talk to a doctor you trust to get credible information that is based in science and facts".

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The standard flu shot provides protection against H3N2, another A strain called H1N1, and two B strains - Victoria and Yamagata.

Myth: The flu vaccine is only necessary for the old and very young. "I encourage all Manitobans who are eligible to receive this vaccine to get it".

Despite the hope that this country may duplicate Australia's flu season, Murti said Canadians shouldn't assume there's no point in getting vaccinated. Receiving a flu vaccination helps prevent illness in the most vulnerable populations as well. It does not matter where you go because they all use the same vaccine.

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