With flu season underway, Arizona health officials urge getting flu shot

Julie Lowe with her dad Ian

Julie Lowe with her dad Ian

If you're wondering when the best time is to get the flu shot for your best chance at protecting yourself against the disease, healthcare professionals say now is the time. Anyone who has not already received the flu vaccine should get it now before influenza season peaks.

In addition to getting the vaccine, the Department of Health and Wellness says practising proper hygiene is important. Another option is the nasal spray, where a doctor sprays the vaccine into your nose.

The flu shot is now available in Nova Scotia and the provincial government is encouraging residents to take advantage of the free vaccine.

Ah, fall-the season of apple picking, pumpkin spice, and.flu shots.


Parents in Fife are being urged to act now to reduce the risk of their children contracting Flu this winter. Some have medical reasons for being unable to have the shot, but others go without by choice. Why? More information can be found online at www.4flu.ca or by calling a public health office or the HealthLine at 811. They may be skeptical about vaccines in general. Last year's flu season was the deadliest in more than 40 years.

Influenza, or the flu, is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. The shot does, however, greatly reduce a person's flu risk. While flu - or influenza - is most serious for older Americans and people with certain chronic conditions, influenza can affect people of all ages and lead to hospitalizations, significant health complications and even death. "And especially if you are young and healthy". Do you care for an elderly relative or a chronically sick friend?

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This article was released by the Orange County Health Care Agency. However the true death rate from the flu is likely to be in the hundreds across the province.

If your child can not have a vaccine, the flu mist is back this year.

"No, flu vaccines can not cause flu illness", the CDC states.

It's officially flu season and the best way to prevent your kid from getting sick is to make sure they get their flu shot. This is unequivocally false.

"You can not get the flu from a flu shot..." Since the vaccine takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body, getting the vaccine now will offer protection when the season begins.

A 20 percent efficacy means that among those who've been vaccinated, 20 percent fewer will get the flu compared to those who are unvaccinated.

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