One myth addressed: the flu shot can give you the flu.
Doctors are using Australia as a model for our flu trends since they experience winter before us. and Australia had a different season than usual, "they've had their worst year in the last 10 years".
He said: "Recent national uptake figures indicate that 68.5% of people aged 65 and over who hold a medical card or GP visit card received the flu vaccine during the 2018-2019 flu season, a substantial increase on past year when the uptake rate was 57.6%".
"Last year I think we peaked at the end of January, that first week in February, but it can extend out into the spring months", said nursing clinical coordinator Clay Roberts.
All healthcare workers and people in at-risk groups in the South East are being urged to get the flu vaccine.
"People need to remember that flu causes severe illness and death in Ireland every year."Many jurisdictions encourage the public to get the flu vaccine, which protects against both influenza A and B, officials said.
Saskatchewan residents with a valid health card can get their flu shot starting the week of October 21 at public health clinics, local pharmacies, and some physician and Nurse Practitioner offices.
"This year's seasonal flu vaccine is a quadrivalent vaccine which protects against the four strains of flu virus recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the strains most likely to be circulating in the northern hemisphere this season. Flu can cause severe illness and can even be life threatening, particularly among older people, young children, those who have a long term illness and pregnant women". Since it takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, October is the ideal time to get your flu shot. She said the high-dose flu vaccine will be available for those 65 and older. The CDC reports 136 influenza-associated pediatric deaths occurred during the 2018-2019 season. Pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system also are vulnerable to complications from the flu, according to health experts.
Community members should do not forget to always cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze and wash their hands frequently.