Published: Sun, October 13, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

First flu cases of the season reported in Maine

First flu cases of the season reported in Maine

All healthcare workers and people in at-risk groups in the South East are being urged to get the flu vaccine.

"Although there have been delays in the delivery of this year's influenza vaccine, the Ministry of Health has confirmed with Health Canada that Saskatchewan will receive vaccine to support the provincial program start date the week of October 21", Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said. What can we expect this year?

There are some studies that suggest the high-dose flu vaccine provides better protection for older adults.

TV6 reporter Montse Ricossa got her flu shot on Thursday, she said, "it wasn't bad at all". Nine people died from flu related illness in the South East during that period. Last year, many people had to purchase the quadrivalent vaccine from Global Positioning System and pharmacies, as the HSE was only offering a trivalent innoculation, which protected against just three strains. Kristin Englund explained to Fox 8's Stefani Schaefer what's expected this year and how you can best protect yourself from the flu. More than 340 pharmacies will offer flu vaccinations this season.

The vaccine used in previous seasons protected against three strains of the flu virus. For the 2018-2019 season, the first hospitalization from the illness was in November.

Flu is different from the common cold, which tends to come on more gradually and usually includes a runny nose and a normal temperature.

Anyone who gets flu should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and use over-the-counter flu remedies to ease symptoms. It is important that all those working in frontline healthcare protect themselves from getting the flu but also prevent the spread of flu to vulnerable patients.

People can experience mild reactions to the vaccine, including a low-grade fever and headache, according to the CDC's website, but it's not flu illness. Information leaflets are available to download and are also available in GP surgeries, pharmacists and HSE Local Health Offices.

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