Since Sept. 1, 40 per cent of the influenza cases were in the 20- to 64-year-old category, 30 per cent were seniors, 20 per cent were school age children and 10 per cent were preschool age. "This means it reduces the chance of coming down with the flu, or if you're someone who does get the flu, it lessens the likelihood you'll get very sick from the flu", said Dieckhaus. Some countries, such as Australia, had one of their most severe flu seasons in a number of years.
Recent reports have questioned the effectiveness of this year's vaccine, with some experts warning it could only be 10% effective. "The flu shot is your best defense against getting the flu and that remains to be the case".
Unlike other vaccines - such as childhood immunizations, which are effective 95 per cent of the time - the flu shot efficacy does vary.
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Influenza vaccines, also known as flu shots, are vaccines that protect against influenza.
Flu season has arrived earlier than it did past year - just in time for the holidays - and health officials are concerned that this season could bring a severe outbreak.
Since September, there have been 106 lab-confirmed flu cases in the province, two intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and two outbreaks in long-term care facilities (LTC).
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The new flu season is slowly arriving, and Will County Health Department epidemiology and infectious disease coordinator Dr. Alpesh Patel said that so far there are few surprises.
And finally, if you can, stay at home if you're sick.
Doctors also suspect the flu season could peak later than normal this season - around February or March - meaning the entire flu season could go from now until April or May. Roberts said it is too early to tell if the flu vaccine is working but said that even a little protection helps in the long run.
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The department's website tracks flu activity statewide. Instead, the flu vaccine acts by allowing your immune system to create the ability to fight the flu in case you are exposed. This report also includes granular analysis of the market share, geographic regions and revenue forecasts and of the North America Flu Vaccine market. "Most people have no reaction at all, other than mild soreness in the arm where the shot was administered". Rigler said it takes about two weeks for the body to react to the killed virus in the vaccine to build up an immunity.