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Health officials bracing for a bad flu season this year

Health officials bracing for a bad flu season this year

"Vaccination is the best protection against flu, and is a critical part of caring for people with medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and asthma".

"The flu vaccine is still the best way to prevent serious illness this fall and winter", Foo said.

According to the latest report from DHEC, nine influenza-related hospitalizations were reported from October 8-14.

"Not just to protect themselves", says Aoki.

Influenza cases are broken down by specific age groups and counties, the number of deaths resulting from influenza and the current influenza activity level being reported in the state. What they may not understand is it's safe for pregnant women during any trimester to get the flu shot.

These FDA approved vaccines are created to offer extra protection beyond what a standard flu shot provides, which is important for older adults who have weaker immune defenses and have a great risk of developing risky flu complications.

Adequate supplies of flu vaccine are expected to be available for this year's season.

Flu vaccines often aren't more effective than 40% to 50% but MacDonald said with year's formula attacking three to four different strains of flu, its benefits are clear.

Now is an excellent time to get the shot because cases of the flu begin to rise sharply in December through March, peaking in February, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Foo said it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu.

"If we get it we are helping to protecting them", she said.

Several leading pharmacies contacted by Postmedia said while they provide the regular shots they won't be offering for sale the vaccine known as FluMist this year, some saying it hasn't been "approved" by health care authorities.

Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness such as pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal.

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

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