2018-2019 Flu season could be "unpredictable"


They cost $35 for standard vaccines, and $65 for high-dose vaccines for people 65 and older. Women (41%) were more likely than men (37%) to say they haven't gotten the shot and aren't planning to do so. Baber says if you're interested in getting your flu shot early, there are a few select places that already have the vaccine.

Dr. Katherine O'Brien, who was awarded the Canada 150 Research Chair in Vaccinology and Global Health at Dalhousie University and is to begin work at the university on December 1, said the complexity of influenza strains makes matching vaccinations hard.

"Everyone six months of age or older should get a flu vaccine each year for the best protection against the flu", said Lynnan Svensson, Nursing Program Manager with Public Health. Other groups that must be vaccinated include pregnant women, people with underlying illnesses and children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that the upcoming flu season could be just as bad or worse than last year's, CNBC reports. Seasonal influenza vaccine will be available in flu shot form at the clinics.

The Washington Post reported in February on the 36-percent success rate and said it dropped to 25 percent in the US against the "most virulent and predominant strain" known as H3N2. This costs an estimated $10.4 billion a year in direct medical expenses and an additional $16.3 billion in lost earnings annually, according to the CDC. One year earlier, there was half that number of hospitalizations in metro Atlanta and a total of nine flu-related deaths in the state.

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Fact #6 - The flu changes every year.

Dr Will Welfare, Consultant in Health Protection at PHE North West, said: "Our figures show that flu is not to be underestimated - every winter the virus makes hundreds of people seriously ill in the North West".

Baber says it's recommended for everyone to get their flu shots by the end of October.

"While flu vaccine can vary in how well it works", last season's flu vaccine was estimated to be 40 percent effective, "flu vaccination is the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications and prevents millions of flu illnesses and related doctors' visits and tens of thousands of hospitalizations". Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a spokeswoman for the AAP and a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital, says that the organization is still not taking chances and all children must still get the shots with spray kept in reserve for special cases only. About one in five people who didn't get the vaccine last season reported they're more likely to get the flu vaccine this time around because the last flu season was so severe, according to a new online survey by CVS Pharmacy that was conducted by Harris Poll in July.