Get immune from the flu this season

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Doctors say the flu is a serious disease that should not be taken lightly.

Health care officials say it takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to offer optimum protection.

In this week's edition of You Children's Health, the focus is the flu.

In Saskatchewan, only two thirds of people 65 and older get the flu vaccine.

Flu vaccine will be offered by the Putnam County Department of Health in all school districts this fall for students and staff.

Plus, by getting the vaccine, you also protect your baby as soon as it's born, as the antibodies get passed in vitro (also important since babies themselves can't get the shots), according to the CDC. So let's clear a few things up, shall we?One of the big misconceptions and something I hear from time to time is that sometimes, the flu shot will actually GIVE you the flu!

This year's vaccine contains two A strains of the H1N1 and H3N2 viruses, and two strains of the B/Victoria and B/Yamagata. It also was unusually intense, with high levels of illness reported in almost every state for weeks on end. During the 2017-2018 flu season, an estimated 80,000 people died from the virus and complications associated with it, CNN reported.

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Epidemiologist Claire Newbern said the results from the study would help the medical world think about ways to create a more efficient flu vaccine, with the neuraminidase protein - which helps the influenza virus replicate - becoming ESR scientists' focus.

Other ways to prevent the flu are getting enough sleep (Wagener recommends seven to eight hours) and having a nutritious and well-balanced diet, which will maintain the immune system. During this time, your body is developing antibodies to protect you against the virus. These side effects are much milder than the actual flu, which causes most victims to stay in bed for a week. "However, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season, even in January or after flu season".

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada's FluWatch, there were 64,403 lab-confirmed cases of influenza in Canada last season, mostly Influenza A/H3N2.

People with health insurance can get a flu shot from their health care provider, and the vaccinations are available at pharmacies.

Every year sometime in Autumn, Kiwis across the country line up to get jabbed in the arm.

The flu vaccine should be made mandatory for certain healthcare professionals, including all those who work in hospitals or communities with elderly patients and infants, the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI) has said.

In addition to getting the vaccine, the Department of Health and Wellness says practising proper hygiene is important.

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