Provincial government encourages families to get the flu shot

Flu Season

Flu Season

A NY child under the age of 4 has died of the flu, according to health officials, marking Monroe County's first flu death of the season.

"In the absence of other health sector changes, the problem of hallway health care will get worse over the next two years", the report states.

North America's influenza season comes on the heels of an unusually harsh flu season in Australia, which is often a predictor of the type and severity of the flu in the Northern Hemisphere. "The vaccine remains the single most effective way to protect against influenza and its complications". "We are not going to know until we start seeing the cases arrive".

Dr. Sohail Gandhi is the president of the Ontario Medical Association.

These service providers received their vaccine supplies later than the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, which started flu shot clinics for families with children under the age of five on October 22.

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Ending hallway health care was a key promise of Premier Doug Ford's government, with Ford himself saying last summer that it would be eliminated in a year but Health Minister Christine Elliott later saying the effort will take longer.

Nearly two weeks ago, local public health recommended people 65 years or older receive one of two vaccines specifically designed for elderly people, including Fluzone High-Dose, which provides protection against three strains of influenza and contains four times the amount of antigen as a regular flu shot, and Fluzone Quadrivalent, which protects against four strains of influenza.

Children, pregnant women and people 65 and older are at high risk for flu-related complications.

Ottawa Public Health is joining the campaign. "The flu shot will be available across the province to protect you and your family".

Elliott says there is a lot of misinformation about vaccines, so she wants to stress that the flu vaccine is safe, free, and the best protection against getting sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also said the first two pediatric flu deaths of the season were reported to the health agency this week.

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