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People reminded to take up their free flu vaccination

People reminded to take up their free flu vaccination

While we call it "the flu" in general, influenza can actually be caused by various strains, which evolve.

The number of cases may remain high through the end of March, if it follows the same pattern as previous year. "He had no side effects and I felt better knowing that he was protected especially when I heard stories of people I know getting the flu, feeling really unwell and ending up in hospital over the Christmas period".

Dr. Frank Illuzzi, chief medical officer at CityMD, and a board-certified physician in emergency medicine, recommends patients speak with their medical providers about the different flu vaccine options to determine which one is the best fit for them.

If you miss today's flu clinic at the community centre, you can visit Shopper's Drugmart, London Drugs, the pharmacy at Save-on-Foods, as well as the Superstore pharmacy to get a flu vaccine. "It contains antigens to H1N1, H3N1 and two of the B types". Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. - the pharmaceutical company that was found to have falsified data and produced hundreds of thousands of ineffective vaccines - alone provided 3.6 million doses of flu vaccine for the domestic market in 2017.

With money from the local rotary club, they organized a Halloween-themed "Say Boo to the Flu" day in their hometown of Albion, New York, during which 59 children got flu shots. "I can't emphasize enough the benefits of these shots". "The flu vaccine is an inactivated virus, that is (injected), so it's not infectious, and so it can not give you the flu".

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Not only is the person who receives a flu shot less likely to come down with influenza, but they are less likely to spread the disease to others. Two children also died of flu a year ago.

INFLUENZA: Influenza, better known as the flu, is a contagious illness of the respiratory system that infects the nose, throat and lungs.

Children aged two and three can receive the vaccine as a nasal spray through their GP, while children in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will receive it in school.

"I think, firstly, one of the things people, a myth that exists, is people think (the vaccine) gives them the flu, and that's not true", she said.

The health unit recommends keeping your hands clean with thorough and frequent hand washing, coughing and sneezing into your arm, and keeping your hands away from your face to prevent getting or spreading the flu.