How To Tell If You’re More Prone To Catching The Flu

There had been expectations of a potentially severe season given the high levels of flu-related hospitalisation and death seen during the Northern Hemisphere winter

While that hadn't eventuated here, ESR intelligence group leader Dr Lisa Oakley said many people infected with the flu might not have sought care or have even shown symptoms, meaning the figures were conservative.

Still, even a disappointing vaccine lessens the severity of illness and saves many lives, officials say. But if you miss it, you can still have the vaccine later in the winter. Buy vaccines in specialized medical institutions and at the pharmacy. Parents who have a child who is of the eligible age, are being asked ensure they sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school. The virus is then at risk of being transferred to more vulnerable people such as the elderly and those with existing health problems.

Burgos confirmed that she is also getting a flu vaccination herself.

The flu vaccine is available on a first-come, first-served basis for patients 18 and over. The observation hasn't been extensively researched, but it's possible that senior citizens who are vaccinated in September may not be well protected in February.

Over time the protection offered by the vaccine will gradually decrease.

It is possible to get sick if you were exposed to influenza virus prior to your vaccination taking effect, which can take up to two weeks after your shot - all the more reason to get vaccinated as early in the flu season as possible.

"Real flu can be debilitating and if you are already living with a condition, you are either very young or very old it can hit you harder". You may experience a mild fever and your muscles may ache for a few days. If you're someone who gets sick often, you may be anxious that you have a greater chance of catching a virus. People now have the option of getting the nasal spray vaccine this season instead of a needle.

There are some people that are advised not to have the vaccine. Egg-free vaccines are becoming increasingly available and your GP might be able to locate a suitable one for you. In a new report published on October 2 in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, investigators say that while that rate remained significantly higher among health care workers, it continues to fall below target. If you have a minor illness with no fever such as a cold there is no need to delay. While this information is scary, it's more important as an informative statement: one that recognizes the consequences of not taking proper steps to reduce chances of transmitting the flu.

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