Almost half of Edmontonians won’t get flu shot

Pediatricians suggest getting flu shot by Halloween

Pediatricians suggest getting flu shot by Halloween

With flu season here, it is important to protect yourself in as many ways as possible.

"It's a myth that if you are a healthy person then you don't need a flu shot". Some are hospitalized and some die.

The Department of Health and Community Services says 125,000 people across Newfoundland and Labrador received the flu shot in 2017 through the province's publicly funded vaccination program.

The health department says while an increase in cases usually starts in December, now is the time to get the flu shot. Pneumonia has been the direct cause of death in another 38 deaths, and the flu or pneumonia has been contributing factors in an additional 132 deaths.

Taiwan normally starts its annual free vaccination program on October 1 in preparation for the flu season, which usually begins in November and peaks around February the following year before slowing down in March. In Kansas, 193 deaths statewide were directly attributed to the flu.

The state's flu reporting season runs from September 1 to May 31.

Influenza or the flu is an illness caused by a virus.

"With any medication or vaccine, people are going to have concerns", said Dr. Jean Moorjani, a board-certified pediatrician at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, in a news release.

Signs of the flu include a cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches, headache and fever, among other symptoms, according to the CDC.

"The more people who get the flu shot, the less chance the virus can spread while protecting more people.", Webby said.

Children under five, older adults, those who are pregnant and those with underlying health conditions are at greater risk from the flu, the health unit said. A sliding fee scale down to $2 may be applied for uninsured children age 18 and younger with proof of income.

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