Health officials: Time to get your flu shot

Health officials: Time to get your flu shot

Nationally, three states, in addition to MA, are seeing widespread cases of the flu.

FluWatch, an online influenza tracker by the federal government, says that flu season came early this year and detections of flus nationwide have increased to 11 per cent between November 19 and November 25, compared to six per cent for the same period last year. Flu season is underway and it's already widespread in four states, including Georgia.

The authors want that however imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday urged people with chronic liver disease to be vaccinated against influenza as soon as possible, as a flu infection can worsen liver disease and might even cause liver failure.

A Nov. 30 report by the BC Centre of Disease Controlsays that for the time period between Nov. 12 and Nov. 25, flu rates are within the 10-year average and detection "remains at low but increasing levels, with a mix of influenza A and B".

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"The absolute best thing you can do to prevent illness, hospitalizations and even death from flu complications, is to get your flu shot", said Dr. Levine.

"The flu vaccine takes two weeks to become fully effective", said Dr. Levine.

The New England Journal of Medicine says this year's shot is only about 10% effective against the strain that hit Australia the hardest, which is the one we're expecting to get.

Doctors typically look south to get an idea of what's coming.

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