First flu case this season confirmed in Windsor

The Durham Region health department is encouraging all residents over six months to get the flu shot

The Durham Region health department is encouraging all residents over six months to get the flu shot

And with winter comes flu. Depending on how good the selections of strains are, during a given flu season the effectiveness can vary widely. And, as reminder, having received a flu shot in March 2018 has nothing to do with this season. According to the CDC, "The 2017-18 season was the first season to be classified as a high severity across all age groups". According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza viruses circulate year-round; most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, but activity can last as late as May.

The 2018-2019 is hard to predict. This virus spreads very quickly and can exhibit mild or severe symptoms.

Avoid contact with people who are ill.

Staying home if you or your child are sick. Confine yourself to your bedroom to protect your loved ones. However, one day before the illness and up to five days after the illness are potential periods of contagiousness.

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Cover your mouth and nose.

Coughing and sneezing into the arm.

Prevent illness by getting rest, staying active, eating well, and staying hydrated.

"The free flu vaccine will help protect your child from flu and also reduce the chance of it spreading on to others".

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The monitoring is done by the CDC'S U.S. Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Network, and similar studies are conducted in the United Kingdom, Canada and Finland, explains Dr. Chris Ambrose, franchise head with U.S. Medical Affairs, respiratory division at AstraZeneca, the maker of the FluMist Quadrivalent. Among healthy adults, influenza vaccine provides protection, even when circulating viruses do not exactly match the vaccine viruses.

"The main difference between a cold and the flu is persons with flu will get a fever and body aches, generalised body aches". "The other thing is if the strain has changed enough, the vaccine doesn't cover it all, or, if the strain wasn't expected appears, then obviously we tend to get worse years in terms of number of cases than anticipated".

"Getting the flu at any age is not a pleasant experience, but it can be a lot more serious for older people, those with under lying health conditions or young children who may suffer more if they contract the virus".

FluMist was first licensed in 2003, and was welcomed as a needle-free alternative to the flu shot, which made it especially easy to administer in school clinics.

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