Flu vaccinations in Sask. up 11 per cent this year


Some doctors simply say the flu is peaking sooner this year, but the effectiveness of this year's flu shot is also a concern.

However, Dr. Izaddoost said this is "fake news".

She said getting that yearly flu shot is your best weapon.

This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. But it's important that anyone who feels sick stays away from public places like work or school to help stop the spread. The serum that is created for the new season's flu shots is based upon educated guesses and projections. This year, there have been no severe cases or related deaths, Corson said. However, only about one-third of those tested to be actual cases of the flu, and almost all of those confirmed flu cases were indeed one of the three strains targeted by the current flu shot serum.

Flu season has arrived earlier than it did previous year - just in time for the holidays - and health officials are concerned that this season could bring a severe outbreak.

Dr. Dieckhaus recommends everyone over the age of six months receive the vaccine and says it's not too late to get one if you haven't already.

The biggest drop in flu shot rates was seen among Hispanic adults (down 7.7 percent from last year).

Positive RSV cases represent a third of all RSV tests administered by hospitals in the Yakima area.

The department's website tracks flu activity statewide. "It mutates as it goes from person to person, that's why it's so hard to predict what season we'll have".

You dont have to have flu symptoms to be passing the illness on to people around you who are at high risk for complications leading to hospitalization or death: young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic conditions. As health officials rushed to contain the outbreak, the CDC admitted that the 2014 flu vaccine did not protect well against H3N2 - it had just seven percent chance of protection.

From the time flu clinics opened across the province on October 23, there have been 250,520 doses of influenza vaccine administered as of December 2. When your immune system kicks into gear making antibodies, your body's natural response can involve fatigue, soreness and even mild fever.

The vaccine can take up to two weeks to be fully effective.

There's also the other method of self-defense: Washing hands.