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Public Health and You: National Influenza Vaccination Week is this week

Public Health and You: National Influenza Vaccination Week is this week

Hoffman said Alberta will release more flu numbers soon, but said it's still quite early to make conclusions about vaccine effectiveness.

According to the CDC, Massachusetts is deemed one of four states with widespread flu cases.

The researchers said the issues with the vaccine last year and this year show that it might be time to focus on creating a "universal" vaccine that would protect against seasonal variants of the illness and be more durable. Even if the shots may not be 100 percent effective, they can still make flu symptoms less severe.

The CDC says people who get flu shots have a 40 per cent to 60 per cent lower chance of getting seriously ill than the unvaccinated.

There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine each year.

Flu season is expected to peak around Christmas.

In Australia, reports suggest that their vaccine was only effective 10 per cent of the time, according to a study published in the (NEJM).

New weekly statistics issued by Alberta Health Services show five Albertans who contracted the flu this season have died as of November 25, including the first case in Edmonton zone.

The obvious consumer question at this point: Though we don't know for sure that it's the eggs that are the problem with H3N2, can we get vaccines that are not made in eggs?

The vaccine used in the Southern Hemisphere has the same composition of the one used in North America.

Deti cautions that the county data is often inaccurate because many people do not go to the doctor when they have the flu and those who do often don't get officially tested and diagnosed. The CDC and the California Department of Public Health are recommending everyone over six months old get vaccinated.

The NMDOH reported the first flu cases of the 2017-2018 season in mid-October. And it states getting the flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself from the flu and its consequences.

Reported cases represent only a small percentage of those in our communities who actually have the flu because many people do not seek treatment and testing.

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