Flu season is upon us. Here’s what Vancouverites need to know


It will take place on the second floor of the Police Department Thursday from 3pm-5pm.

For the inactivated version of the flu shot, which contains dead flu cells, the CDC says most people are able to get it unless they have allergies to components of the vaccine, have had Gullain-Barré Syndrome, or aren't feeling well.

It is a first come, first served basis. "Also, a number of flu shot clinics have been/are being offered", said David Salafsky, director of health promotion-preventive services for Campus health and Wellness, via email.

You've heard it repeatedly: You should get your annual flu shot. 2017Health Department data show that only 44 percent of people 18 years and older got the flu shot in 2017, and one-third of children under 5 were not vaccinated during the 2017-18.

Stress takes a toll on the immune system, and managing stress well is a key way to keep your body strong while avoiding the flu, Healthy Women reports. "Even an imperfect match provides important protection". The first death of the 2018-19 flu season struck in early October, killing a child in Florida.

Last season almost 80,000 Americans died from the virus - the highest number since modern tracking began.

Those most vulnerable to complications include very young children, the elderly, people with underlying heart and respiratory conditions, and those with weakened immune systems.

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"Each year, thousands of people across the province get the flu, which puts extra pressure on our hospitals", said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

People who have an egg allergy may be at an increased risk of reaction to the the injectable flu vaccine because some flu vaccine are made using eggs.

"They've had a predominantly H1N1 season - very, very mild", she said, a massive change from the previous year, when Australia recorded more than 250,000 laboratory-confirmed cases and 1,255 deaths due to flu, up from about 90,000 cases and 464 fatalities in 2016, mostly driven by H3N2 infections.

The flu vaccine past year was only about 40 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sometimes they get a cold and it's not really influenza or sometimes they get the flu before adequate antibodies have built up from the shot. "(The vaccine) reduces how severe the virus is and reduces the likelihood of passing it on". I always tell people who say they had a touch of the flu, no you didn't.

See the HealthMap Vaccine Finder for administration sites near you. If you're prone to stress, finding ways to manage its effects - such as incorporating mindfulness meditation into your daily routine, and making sure you're practicing self-care like eating well and sleeping - can help make you more resilient against illnesses like the flu.

An Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan and most other billable insurance plans are covered under Campus Health, and these plans also cover the $27 bill.