Flu Is Spreading Fast This Season

First flu-related death of the season hits Edmonton

He said with more people getting vaccinated, the more the community as a whole can be protected from risks of getting the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports only sporadic cases of the flu in Wyoming, but there are more each week, indicating that flu season is approaching.

There were zero states with high flu levels this time previous year.

The paper also noted that the flu vaccine "mismatch" seen in Australia this year could be related to the way most flu vaccines are now made: using chicken eggs to "grow" the flu virus strains.

When there's a mismatch between the strains the vaccine was created to prevent and what strains actually spread, people get sick, which is what happened past year. A small percentage of people do get a mild flu-like reaction after a flu shot that may last about a day.

Wash your hands frequently during the flu season.

For more information visit the CDC's Disease Burden of Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness webpages.

Health officials are already warning that this flu season could be a bad one. The American flu vaccine uses the same composition, they note.

The obvious consumer question at this point: Though we don't know for sure that it's the eggs that are the problem with H3N2, can we get vaccines that are not made in eggs? Since then, a handful of people have come to Public Health with flu-like symptoms and were referred to their doctors for diagnosis and treatment.

In Australia, which can be an indicator of what to expect for Canada's flu season, the shot provided minimal success when it comes to protecting people from the virus. They're especially vulnerable to flu's risky complications because they tend to have more underlying health problems than younger people - and because standard flu shots don't work as well with age-weakened immune systems.

So far, the country has seen record-high numbers of influenza cases and higher-than-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, The New England Journal of Medicine reported.

And for kids between the ages of 6 months and 8 years who are getting a first-ever flu vaccination, they'll need two doses a month apart.

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