After an extremely deadly and severe flu season a year ago, health professionals want Washingtonians to be more prepared this time around.
"Flu vaccines are a great preventative measure that reduces the risk of illness for all Manitobans, but particularly for older adults", said Connie Newman, executive director of the Manitoba Association of Senior Centres.
"The majority of students treated for the flu at the Student Health Service a year ago had not received the vaccine", said Garcia.
The seasonal flu vaccine is once again available free of charge to all Manitobans aged six months and older as the province announces the launch of the annual influenza immunization campaign.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year's record-breaking flu season resulted in 80,000 deaths in the United States, which is the highest number of deaths from the flu in over three decades.
Dr. Raj Bhardwaj told CBC Radio's The Morning Edition this year's flu season could be mild. If the University wants to protect the health of students during flu season, a program that would be more accessible for students would help achieve this goal. Those with compromised immune systems should talk to their physician about whether a flu shot is appropriate. In fact, numerous rumored side effects you've probably heard about the flu vaccine - like that the shot can cause the flu - are actually not true at all. Officials say that there are over 168 million vaccines that can help patients not to die from the 2018-2019 season of flu.
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Flu viruses are rapidly changing, and it's tough to make a highly effective vaccine against it.
The flu shot can not give you the flu. The flu vaccine is available from October, so I would urge anyone who is offered a free flu vaccination to visit their GP or pharmacy now.
"People don't really understand the need for herd immunity - that we protect those who are most vulnerable", said Clark.
Now millions of doses of vaccine are waiting to be used for the protection of people.
"Our flu season is usually based on the southern hemisphere's season that is just ending, and in the southern hemisphere, they did not have a bad year this year", Bhardwaj said.
This year, new locations were added to the list of vaccination sites, including the Business School and the Eaton Residential College patio.
Both Essentia and St. Luke's give those who are 65 and older the high-dose vaccine.
About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection.