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First flu-related death of the season hits Edmonton

05 December 2017, 01:52 | Todd Saunders

Killer Flu Season Expected This Year

Influenza virus claims first Edmonton patient in 2017, cases triple since last year

Hoffman said Alberta will release more flu numbers soon, but said it's still quite early to make conclusions about vaccine effectiveness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than seven thousand confirmed cases of influenza nationwide.

So far, this year, the vaccine has only helped prevent the flu in 10% of people inoculated.

The flu season usually peaks in late January or February, sometimes as late as March, but this year, some predictions warn that cases of flu could soar right around the winter holiday season. The flu vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu that may be circulating at any given time, and people can get infected with more than one type of flu during the season.

"With the flu rates in Calgary and him in daycare, it's reasonable that he gets it", she said.

Wash your hands frequently during the flu season. The American flu vaccine uses the same composition, they note. "We know the best way to protect yourself is to get immunized".

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In other words, we already have a problem with getting a good match between the vaccine and the virus, and growing the vaccine in eggs may make the match worse, including with this H3N2 strain. The two people who died were older than 65, according to a release from the health department.

Deti cautions that the county data is often inaccurate because many people do not go to the doctor when they have the flu and those who do often don't get officially tested and diagnosed.

CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

In Australia, which can be an indicator of what to expect for Canada's flu season, the shot provided minimal success when it comes to protecting people from the virus.

Glaser isn't sure why there were so many cases of the flu here last season, but said severity fluctuates from year to year.

You better stock up on chicken soup this year. They're especially vulnerable to flu's unsafe complications because they tend to have more underlying health problems than younger people - and because standard flu shots don't work as well with age-weakened immune systems.

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