Ministry of Health reminds public to get the flu vaccine

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Looking at weather patterns and using statistics and other data, health professionals make an educated guess of which strains will be the most contagious during each flu season, Lin explained.

The 2017-2018 flu seasont ranked among the most severe, with over 700,000 reported hospital visits and 180 pediatric deaths.

Medical and care home staff are spreading the flu because so many are not taking the optional vaccination, they said, adding that the jab should be compulsory for all front-line healthcare workers.

Mirella Salvatore, an infectious disease specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, told The New York Times the strains which are now circulating match that in the vaccine, but noted "even when vaccines do not match circulating strains they seem to prevent severe disease, and studies show that unmatched vaccines can still avert million of hospitalizations". And right now, the view is good.

If you are experiencing those symptoms, call a doctor as soon as possible. Doctors can report statistics and offer a broad glimpse at how bad the flu season is - and a year ago those warnings came swift, with cases piling up rapidly - but it's hard to nail down an exact number.

According to Australia's Department of Health, flu activity - measured by the proportion of patients admitted directly to hospital intensive care units and deaths attributed to influenza - has been low to moderate.

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So if the season is expected to be mild, why get the shot? Getting it every year will keep you better protected, as well as help keep the populations most vulnerable to the flu - children and the elderly - safe through herd immunity.

Out of nearly 890,000 people eligible, 330,000 did not not get their flu vaccine in 2017.

Health Canada has approved either the shot or the nasal spray for kids aged two and up.

Some Thunder Bay pharmacies are now offering flu shots to their customers.

While reactions to the flu shot may include a low-grade fever or muscle aches, the vaccine can not cause the flu virus.

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