Alberta's annual influenza immunization campaign kicked off Monday with a call to the general public, vulnerable groups and health workers to improve the province's participation rate this season.
However, based on past trends, it is likely some of the vaccine will go to waste at the end of the season.
The CDC recommends vaccinations for those under 5 years of age, especially 2 or younger, and 65 years of age get vaccinated as they are at high risk to develop flu-related complications, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections. "The flu shot can help an individual from getting the flu".
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The medications can be dropped off from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday at Hy-Vee, 115 S. 29th St., and Family Pharmacy in Dayton, 21 S. Medicines left in home cabinets can lead to misuse and abuse of the drugs.
They say the flu season lasts until late April.
Either way, there's plenty of time to prepare: December 1st is considered to be the official start of flu season, with the peak hitting in January and February.
Student Health Services on campus are now offering the vaccine.
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The shot is free to any Albertan over six months of age at AHS public health clinics, as well as numerous pharmacies and some doctor's offices.
A new option this year, for those who are afraid of needles, is the nasal spray vaccine. All three protect against two strains of influenza A and one B virus, according to Publix.com.
Zohaib says to avoid getting sick, other than getting your flu shot, people should also increase hand washing, drink more fluids, get enough sleep, and eat a balanced diet.
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