It’s not too late to get that flu shot

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

For people without healthcare coverage, regular flu vaccine is $25 and high dose flu vaccine is $65.

As of December 29, New Brunswick had 579 lab-confirmed cases, 577 of them influenza A and two of influenza B. Of those, 71 people were hospitalized, 15 were admitted to the ICU and there were three deaths.

Children ages 12 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times in public waiting areas and cafeterias. Compared to past year, this flu season appears to be less severe.

"At the end of 2018, flu activity was high in New York City and 19 states, including most of the American southwest and New Jersey".

The flu season is well under way across the United States, with 24 states reporting widespread influenza activity.

While the past flu season was noted it for its higher rate of severe infections-due to the mutated strain being less affected by vaccination strains-clinicians compared it to similarly hard seasons, including the 2014-15 and 2012-13 seasons.

But most importantly, before flu season peaks, people should make it a top priority to go to or call their county health department or health care provider to be vaccinated.

Those previous seasons were dominated by H3N2, an influenza A strain that is particularly hard on older adults and which typically carries a higher risk of complications like pneumonia that can lead to hospitalization or death, said Dr. Danuta Skowronski, epidemiology lead of influenza and emerging respiratory pathogens at the BC Centre for Disease Control. While it's best to get one early in the season, it's never too late - and doing so may protect not only you, but also children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations, experts say.

The flu season is far from over though.

Officials urge residents to get flu shots and stay home if sick.

According to Cody, the individual who died had other medical conditions that put them at increased risk of severe complications from the flu.

Of all flu specimens tested worldwide, 93.8% were influenza A and 6.2% were influenza B. Of subtyped influenza A viruses, 77% were 2009 H1N1 and 23% were H3N2.

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