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Health Department: It's not too late to get the flu shot

01 November 2017, 12:25 | Todd Saunders

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"So, anyone ages 65 and over, pregnant women, very young children, or people with any chronic or underlying health conditions, it's really important that they receive a flu vaccine".

The first Iowa flu-related death of this influenza season was announced Monday by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

In addition, Melnick said, it can take up to two weeks for immunization protection to kick in.

An 81-year-old central Iowa man died as a result of flu-related virus.

Quebec Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said the vaccine is free for individuals who are more at risk of developing complications from the flu.

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It prevents the flu in about 60 per cent of healthy people when the strains of viruses it contains correspond to the strains circulating.

It's that time of year again.

Seasonal influenza vaccine is created to protect against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates are most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season. Symptoms include sore throat, cough, runny nose, fever, head and muscle aches, fatigue and occasionally vomiting and diarrhea.

Jalbert advised that the flu is highly contagious and can lead to serious complications and hospitalization for vulnerable people.

"Some people delay getting a flu shot in the mistaken belief that vaccine effectiveness will wear off before winter, when flu season typically intensifies", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, in a news release.

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