Australia, which experiences its flu season in summer because it's in the southern hemisphere, has been hard hit this year.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says improved access to nurse practitioners and family physicians has resulted in an increase in people utilizing other options to obtain the influenza vaccine.
How do Flu vaccines work? .
Roughly 105 children died past year of the flu, and flu related hospitalizations have almost quadrupled - from 7,000 to 26,000 - since 2010.
"The virus changes from year to year, and this year's vaccine protects against the flu viruses that are expected to cause the most illness this flu season", a Health Department release stated.
The St. Anthony medical staff encourages everyone to contact their healthcare provider with questions about the flu and the vaccine and to take the necessary precautions throughout the flu season. Getting vaccinated against the flu can also protect a baby from flu after birth.
The flu vaccine provides the best protection available against a virus that can cause severe illness. "I urge parents to remember that even the healthiest children are at risk from the flu so it's really important to get them vaccinated every year". Vaccines will be provided to children older than 3 and adults only.
In fact, when the researchers looked at influences on the day of vaccination itself, they found an even greater effect on how well it worked, accounting for between 8 and 14 percent of the variability in antibody levels.
Fewer people died during the 2016-2017 season compared with the previous year, but the hospitalization rate almost doubled from the previous year, according to the CDC. Research showed that 57 percent of children who were severely ill with the flu had not gotten the flu vaccine.
Among children, ages 6 months to 17 years old, 59 percent were vaccinated nationally compared to 55.7 percent in MI.
Dr Sumira will be offering flu vaccinations to his patients during weekday appointments.
- Wide variation in influenza coverage was seen across states among children age 6 months to 17 years ranging from 43 percent (Wyoming) to 74.2 percent (Rhode Island) and in adults age 18 years and older from 33.4 percent (Nevada) to 51.1 percent (South Dakota). In most seasons, the higher hospitalization rates are among older adults 65 and older. The study examined data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014. During flu season, viruses circulate at higher levels in the population. "Influenza is an unpredictable infectious disease".
"An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others", the CDC said.
Only flu shots will be offered after experts who advice the Centers for Disease Control made the recommendation not to use the nasal spray due to limited effectiveness.