Getting The Flu Shot Is Still Your Best Protection

Getting The Flu Shot Is Still Your Best Protection

It's just the start of the flu season, but the virus has already spread widely across MA, according to state epidemiologists who track and report the flu to the Centers for Disease Control. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, several strains of influenza virus are in circulation.

FluWatch, an online influenza tracker by the federal government, says that flu season came early this year and detections of flus nationwide have increased to 11 per cent between November 19 and November 25, compared to six per cent for the same period last year.

Both the CDC and the Department of Public Health stress getting a flu shot.

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit is still urging people to get their flu shots, despite a medical publication saying it's not very effective this year.

"There seems to be an uptick, especially in the last week, in flu-like illnesses", he said. That's important because up to a month after older adults have recovered from the flu, they're still at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to build up and protect against the flu.

This winter all visitors to Vancouver hospitals and nursing homes once again must get a flu shot or wear a surgical mask. "Even if it's not a ideal match, it's very important, not just for yourself, but also to protect those with whom you may come in contact - including babies too young to get vaccinated and people who have weakened immune systems".

Flu shots are available at more than 300 locations around Vermont.

Doctors typically look south to get an idea of what's coming.

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