Three weeks in Health Islands campaign & # 39; annual flu, the amount of & # 39; vaccines distributed to pharmacists and doctors increase over the same period in 2017.
There were 235 984 doses sent to health professionals, to more than 10,000 the total dose & # 39; three weeks of the last year of & # 39; 225 621. This follows a pattern & # 39; the number of on & # 39; people who have been vaccinated during the past seasons & # 39; various flu.
"We always rely a little more over the years," said Dr. Dee Hoyano, medical health officer & # 39; Health Island.
The total number of & # 39; doses in season & # 39; the 2017-18 flu was & # 39; more than 275,000.
The Island Health also report a slight increase in the number of & # 39; adults and children vaccinated by public health nurses in brand & # 39; three weeks – from 10 266 to 10 280 the last year.
There is still time to get the best shot in the early season window, said Hoyano.
"Ideally, we would like to see to anyone who will take the vaccine and make it the next two weeks before entering into & # 39; December, because generally when we start to see more activity & # 39; taking place flu," she said.
Cases & # 39; flu in 2017-18 were extended in & # 39; April, but Hoyano said the season is usually between December and March.
She said that health officials are still waiting to see how severe it will be the 2018-19 flu season and what types will dominate. The vaccine & # 39; this season covers two strains A and B. As the race most of the season, is expected to be effective 40 to 60 percent.
"Right now, the results of & # 39; the influence that we are showing that the majority of them are influenza A, H1N1 strain," said Hoyano.
"I think that's probably what we will see at least in part the start of flu season, but ngħidx that the rules that we can see another pop up as well, later."
Hoyano said she got shot a few weeks ago.
"This reduces the risk of getting the flu and can & # 39; also pass it on to others", she said. "Prevention is one of the best options that you & # 39; & # 39 do in, in terms of influence."
The good hygiene can & # 39; also helps to prevent the flu, along with & # 39; Other respiratory viruses such as colds, she said.
The hospital & # 39; influence worth $ 25, but free for children & # 39; between six months and five years, people & # 39; 65 or more, and in & # 39; high risk & # 39; complications from the flu because of heart disease, cancer and other conditions.
Each year in Canada there are about 3,500 deaths related to influenza and 12200 hospital visit.
The free vaccine is available from public health clinics, some doctor's offices and most pharmacies. Those who are eligible for free vaccine can buy in & # 39; most pharmacies and travel clinics.
For clinic for flu vaccine near you, go immunizebc.ca/clinics.
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