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


Complications of the flu include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There were none at this time past year.

The predominant strain is H3N2 which mutates rapidly and often results in vaccines being less effective.

But about this year's vaccine: Health authorities are still absolutely clear that getting a vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu, but the New England Journal of Medicine offers some less-than-great news about this vaccine's effectiveness.

He also suggests for older folks to ask for the higher dose of the flu shot, since your immune system isn't as strong.

The Edmonton zone has reported 167 lab confirmed cases and 61 hospitalizations.

December is when the flu typically comes out in full force, keeping people home from work or school.

Flu is most risky for people over age 65, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions such as asthma or heart disease.

Doctors are warning that this flu season could be a bad one.

The Healthcare Foundation donated its remaining 110 vaccines to Public Health, which administers them to schoolchildren for free.

But the Fauci article points to another possible factor: most flu vaccines are grown in eggs.

By getting a shot of inactive flu strains, the body builds an immunity towards the strain which helps fight off the sickness. They're especially vulnerable to flu's risky complications because they tend to have more underlying health problems than younger people - and because standard flu shots don't work as well with age-weakened immune systems.

"We're vaccinating for more strains than we have in the past", Sarah Hoffman said.

The flu season usually peaks in late January or February, sometimes as late as March, but this year, some predictions warn that cases of flu could soar right around the winter holiday season.

You better stock up on chicken soup this year.