Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Killer Flu Season Expected This Year

Killer Flu Season Expected This Year

The "peak month of flu activity" is the month with the highest percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza virus infection during that influenza season.

The costs of flu vaccines vary on insurance plans, but many planes cover the vaccines at no cost, according to Crow.

Over the past few months, Australia, whose flu season just ended, was hit hard with a flu strain that's notorious for causing severe illness, especially in seniors.

Australia's 10 percent success rate is a major blow to the hopes of Americans lining up for flu shots this year.

The numbers also show vaccinations are ahead of last year's pace. 'Vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated'.

"What they did observe in Australia is that the vaccine didn't work very well", said Dr. Neil Rau, an infectious disease specialist.

That H3N2 strain caused infections here past year, too.

Flu is most risky for people over age 65, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions such as asthma or heart disease.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to remind people that, even though the holiday season has begun, it's NOT too late to get a flu shot.

"Preventing the flu in as many people as possible is our first priority", says Dr. Crosby.

For Calgary's Laura Hampton, any protection against the flu is good protection when it comes to her one-year-old son Jack.

US health officials are bracing for a devastating flu season this winter that many people won't even be able to ward off with their annual flu shot.

There have been five deaths in total across the province - four more than past year.

For needle-phobes, there's a skin-deep vaccine that uses tiny needles, and a needle-free jet injector that shoots another vaccine through the skin. The self-pay cost of vaccines is $25 and the high-dose vaccine for people 65 or older cost is $55.

And for those anxious about allergies from eggs used in the production process, two more vaccines are egg-free. But time is running out for you to get inoculated and have that two-week period of building up a resistance to the flu.

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