Flu vaccinations in Sask. up 11 per cent this year

Georgia Reed
December 12, 2017

However, Dr. Izaddoost said this is "fake news". According to GCPH officials, getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from this serious disease.

In addition to getting the vaccine, the CDC recommends avoiding close contact with sick people, washing your hands often with soap and water and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Australia had a late flu season with mostly an H3N2 strain.

A nurse administers a flu vaccine shot.

Kern County reported two deaths previous year associated with the flu, and had four severe cases.

Since Sept. 1, 40 per cent of the influenza cases were in the 20- to 64-year-old category, 30 per cent were seniors, 20 per cent were school age children and 10 per cent were preschool age.

The biggest drop in flu shot rates was seen among Hispanic adults (down 7.7 percent from last year).

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What's more, American vaccine manufacturers look at the strain hitting Australia when producing the vaccines for the US, but that strain can mutate within the six to eight months the USA industry needs to produce the vaccines. Since Oct. 1, Mountain States hospitals have recorded 80 positive flu cases.

"A universal vaccine would use conserved proteins of the virus - so it wouldn't change - or would change very little and then we would have the immunity for a long time", said Dr. Dana Hawkinson with the University of Kansas Health System.

In the United States, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Georgia reported an intense flu activity.

"We're expecting a fairly severe flu season", said Swift.

The four most deadly flu seasons of the last 10 years - in the winters of 2003-2004, 2007-2008, 2012-2013, and 2014-15 - were H3N2 seasons, each with a particular version of that flu type. As health officials rushed to contain the outbreak, the CDC admitted that the 2014 flu vaccine did not protect well against H3N2 - it had just seven percent chance of protection. "That is absolutely false". This report also includes granular analysis of the market share, geographic regions and revenue forecasts and of the North America Flu Vaccine market.

The vaccine can take up to two weeks to be fully effective. "Therefore, you have much more closeness between people, making them more contagious if they are ill, especially during the holidays".

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