Health officials in B.C. say this year's flu vaccine has been particularly effective. In fact, the week that ended in January 19 alone, there were three additional pediatric deaths related to flu, bringing the total number to 22. Unfortunately, lots of people use the terms "cold" and "flu" interchangeably and you might well see medicine in your pharmacy that calls itself "cold and flu" medication - but this is incorrect.
Over the past five seasons, the end-of-season hospitalization rates have ranged from 31.4 per 100,000 (2015-2016) to 102.8 per 100,000 (2017-2018). Caused by the influenza virus, the flu is among the leading causes of illness in the country, according to the Department of Health (DoH).
It takes approximately two weeks following the vaccination for the antibodies to protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins.
In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include trouble breathing, not waking up or not interacting, and flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with a fever and a worse cough. "This year, we had a really good match between what was in the vaccine and what was circulating".
Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for central in through Friday afternoon
This will easily be the coldest air of the season, and it's going to stick around through the weekend. Temperatures will rise into the 30s on Saturday and Sunday , with a slight chance of snow each day.
For young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems, the flu virus can be deadly, and it isn't always obvious who is vulnerable.
But the experts say it's not too late to act on something that can go a long way when it comes to avoiding this contagious virus.
Flu shots work. They aren't ideal, but they can help prevent you from getting sick with the flu and have other benefits. In fact, studies show that flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu illness by up to 60 percent. Along with recommendations for health care providers, Dr. Zimmerman cited three different factors in helping people get vaccinated-habit, attitude and social influence.
This year's flu shot has been 72 per cent effective at preventing infections in Canada, according to a scientific study. This is why it is recommended that individuals get a flu vaccine every year. Next, people with the flu should stay home from work or school. People with co-morbid conditions should be more vigilant. "So, there has been quite a few young people have ended up in ICU".