"There's very little downside to getting vaccinated and if anything that's going to be your only way to really protect yourself especially because with the holidays, the congregation of people and family getting together and things like that", said Dr. Shivani Reddy of Kaiser Permanente. "We generally start seeing an increase about now, and we'll gradually see more as time goes on".
"Especially now, during the holiday season of crowds and gatherings of friends and family, everyone older than 6 months should get a flu shot", said Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. "They're just telling you there's an iceberg there".
As of November 25, nearly 2,100 lab-confirmed cases had been detected in various parts of the country, of which 84 per cent were influenza A. Those infections resulted in 371 hospitalizations, including 21 ICU admissions, and eight deaths, the report says. The only other facility outbreak is in a public school in Somerset County, according to the report.
Among health care workers who declined the vaccine, the most common reason is fear of experiencing side effects or getting sick from the vaccine.
The flu season is finally upon us, but recent reports revealed that this year's flu shot may be ineffective.
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The four most deadly flu seasons of the last 10 years - in the winters of 2003-2004, 2007-2008, 2012-2013, and 2014-15 - were H3N2 seasons, each with a particular version of that flu type.
Therefore, do you think it's worth getting a flu shot this year? But those strains aren't exact matches to the two strains that are now circulating through the population.
Doctors still want you to get the shot, though.
"Getting the flu is an bad experience". "Once it's here, it'll spread like a brushfire".
Don't underestimate how sick flu can make you, Mills cautioned.
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"It hits you like a freight train", she said.
And doctors will tell you it's never too late to get the flu shot-and they say not to believe the myths.
It is impossible to contract a case of flu from the vaccine.
The influenza season in Canada could be shaping up to be a potentially nasty one, with a mixed bag of viruses already circulating in much of the country, say infectious diseases experts.
"The effectiveness changes from year to year", says Spicer. "We want to help educate grandparents to understand the seriousness of the flu and their higher risk of developing complications from this risky and potentially deadly disease".
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