Five NC flu cases, zero deaths so far this flu season

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Flu vaccination clinics started across the province on Monday and will be held at pharmacies, family physician offices, nurse practitioner offices and more over the next three months across P.E.I.

Get it even if you're in flawless health.

"It is important to have one because I don't want to get the flu".

Also, the local health unit administers the flu vaccine from 3-4 p.m. Monday through Friday with no appointment.

Working in partnership with Public Health England, the campaign is aimed at encouraging eligible people to ensure that they take-up their free flu vaccination.

Professor Paul Cosford, Public Health England's medical director, said: "This year we are offering the nasal spray vaccine to more children than ever".

"It's not 100 per cent, but certainly it decreases not only your chance of getting influenza [and spreading it] ... but it also decreases your risk of being hospitalized".

People with respiratory diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or asthma are seven times more likely to die if they catch flu, and people with cardiovascular problems such as chronic heart disease or angina, or people who've had a stroke, are 11 times more likely compared to those who don't.

"We have the strong likelihood of hospitals being inundated with people suffering flu".

Influenza symptoms include high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue, a runny and stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat.

Each year, the World Health Organization reviews the circulating strains of flu and recommends which flu strains should go in the vaccine. According to a 2017 study in the journal Pediatrics, the vaccine reduced flu-related deaths in children by 65 percent. The second reason is that experts annually review the formulation of the flu vaccine due to the viruses' constant changes.

The pneumococcal vaccines for pneumonia are also recommended for seniors during fall and winter.

Getting vaccinated was the best way to stop the spread of flu and prevent deaths, they said. However, if a patient visits their doctor for the sole goal of getting a flu shot they would have to pay for it, because it is no longer covered under MCP.

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