NHS Fife urges parents to vaccinate children against flu

Sunday, 21 Oct, 2018

In short, the answer is no-you can not get the flu from getting a flu shot, experts say. The nasal spray vaccine past year reduced children's risk of flu by 65 per cent according to Public Health England. But some people might wonder, can you get the flu from a flu shot? It takes a couple of weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity, so now is the time to get vaccinated to have the best protection now the flu season has started.

"There is not a shortage of flu vaccine", said Mary Anne Holmes, manager of vaccine-preventable diseases for the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit.

Scientist and policy advisor Dr George Slim, 58, was one of more than 2000 Wellingtonians who took part in this year's testing, to help develop a longer flu vaccine. It also was unusually intense, with high levels of illness reported in almost every state for weeks on end.

"Last year was one of the most severe flu seasons on record for Washington, and data just released shows only 61 percent of Washington children and teens were vaccinated". "We hope to get the best match so we can protect you the best we can".

"There are a few people who feel a little tired after getting the shot", Schaffner says. And yes, it's possible for you to get a strain of influenza not covered by this year's vaccine.

During the 2016-17 flu season, the vaccine prevented an estimated 5.3 million flu illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits for the flu and 85,000 flu-related hospitalizations.

Shahab said they look at what has happened in the southern hemisphere when decided what strains to use in the vaccine.

With an important motive for promoting flu vaccination, much of the Face the Flu campaign is simply informing and encouraging communities to get involved.

A person with the flu may be contagious and infect others before they even feel sick.

Researchers are working to make a more effective flu vaccine. Last year, 26 per cent of the total population went for the flu vaccine, which is approximately 360,000 people.

Bev Vaughan, interim matron, said: 'Flu season is the respiratory service's busiest time of the year and we see a massive increase in admissions related to flu.

'It is also about making sure the hospital's staff are aware of how important getting their flu jab is, not only for their health, but for the health of our patients'. With this campaign, however, he said now there are countless places to get a flu shot which are not limited to the health department.

Now is the time to protect yourself by getting an influenza vaccine, public health officials said.