Tips to Avoid the Flu from CSU Health Services

27 October, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Colin Gill
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With the start of flu season, health professionals are urging people to keep their phones out of the already germ-infested stalls.

"The flu shot is your best defence against the flu", said Richard Hesch, a public health nurse at the health unit.

The flu seasons typically lasts until late April.

Flu shots are free in B.C. for pregnant women, all children from six months to five years of age, people 65 years and older, Indigenous people, and those with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems. "Everyone six months and older should get a flu shot each year". It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop the antibodies needed to protect against the flu.

"One of the most important services our pharmacy can offer during flu season is help protecting patients against the seasonal flu", Amanda Bryan, pharmacist at Clinton Drug Company, said. Some people are at higher risk for getting the flu and therefore have even more reason to get the flu shot. It can cause mild to severe illness, and, at times, can lead to death. You also can find a place to get vaccinated at However, a few aches and pains are far preferable to experiencing the flu.

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This approach, often referred to as "community, ' or 'herd" immunity occurs when a critical portion of the community is immunized against contagious illnesses like influenza.

"Combining information about the evolution of the virus with epidemiological data will generate disease forecasts before the season begins, significantly earlier than what is now possible", said Mercedes Pascual, PhD, professor of ecology and evolution at UChicago and senior author of the study.

Flu can become deadly when it progresses to pneumonia and respiratory failure.

Last season, a total of 1,653 Albertans were admitted to hospital with lab-confirmed influenza with 64 people dying. People who work or live with people who have a higher risk of complications from the flu and visitors to health care facilities are also eligible for a free vaccine.



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