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Flu season expected to be severe this year

Experts Flu season expected to be severe this year

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than seven thousand confirmed cases of influenza nationwide.

In Quebec past year the vaccine was only 37 percent effective against the strain of H3N2 that was infecting people.

Despite the varying degrees of effectiveness, the authors stress current flu vaccines "remain a valuable public health tool" and suggest "it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated". "It's just important for people to recognize that they're starting to feel sick and that it can be very serious if you don't do something about it".

Health Canada This image from Health Canada shows the spread of influenza across Canada during the week of November 19 to 25, 2017. You can have deaths because of respiratory illness which causes hospitalizations.

Flu is most unsafe for people over age 65, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions such as asthma or heart disease.

It gives me no joy at all to announce this, but flu season is officially here - early.

Visit Health Canada's website to find out where you can get a flu shot in your province.

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But the Fauci article points to another possible factor: most flu vaccines are grown in eggs.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other options which are available for certain age groups.

Two vaccine brands target the 65-and-older crowd. The very young, very old, and people with existing medical conditions are most at risk.

One high-dose version contains four times the usual anti-flu ingredient, while a competitor contains an extra immune-boosting compound.

The costs of flu vaccines vary on insurance plans, but many planes cover the vaccines at no cost, according to Crow.

The paper also noted that the flu vaccine "mismatch" seen in Australia this year could be related to the way most flu vaccines are now made: using chicken eggs to "grow" the flu virus strains. And it states getting the flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself from the flu and its consequences.