Pregnant women urged to have free flu vaccine

Windsor-Essex has its first confirmed case of influenza early November

Windsor-Essex has its first confirmed case of influenza early November

While influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominated through February during the previous flu season, and were predominant overall for the season, influenza B viruses were more commonly reported starting in March 2018.

Leigh Smith, owner of the pharmacy at the Shoppers Drug Mart on 1500 King St. Cambridge, noticed that trend as well. Those will protect you from contracting a full-blown version of the virus.

Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza.

The vaccine will protect your child, and those they come into contact with, against the flu virus.

However, all that Shoppers requires for someone to get the vaccine is their health card.

Good news for shot-averse kids and others who cringe at the sight of needles: After a two-year hiatus from the market, the nasal spray flu vaccine has been re-formulated and is back as we enter the 2018-2019 flu season.

Less than four months after China's last major health crisis, parts of the country are facing a dire shortage of flu vaccine as peak season approaches. "Every year, it's estimated that roughly around 3,500 (die) from the flu virus, and there are 12,000 hospitalizations from the flu virus, so people are at risk".

Statistics like that can seem impersonal, but this one isn't: "One hundred and eighty families put a child in a grave a year ago because of a vaccine-preventable infection", according to Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital. In Shanghai, meanwhile, some community health centers say they have yet to receive a single batch of vaccines. Visit for more information.

So far this year, there has been one reported case in the region. Adults with weakened immune systems or young kids can spread the infection to others for even longer times.

"It is often the most preventative measure".

"We want to boost that memory", she explained.

The health unit recommends keeping your hands clean with thorough and frequent hand washing, coughing and sneezing into your arm, and keeping your hands away from your face to prevent getting or spreading the flu. Although people 65 and older make up only 15 percent of the USA population, on average they account for about 60 percent of the hospitalizations and 90 percent of the deaths attributed to seasonal flu. Check with your primary care provider to see which pneumonia vaccine you may be due to receive.

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