As the flu season in Australia and the Southern hemisphere could be mirrored in the United Kingdom and the rest of the Northern hemisphere, the NHS is now bracing itself for a similar outbreak. The difference is, the flu comes on fast, hits hard and lasts longer - one to two weeks - while a cold is generally slower to show and milder.
The study found that women vaccinated early in pregnancy with a flu vaccine containing the pandemic H1N1 (H1N1pdm09) component who had also received the H1N1pdm09 vaccine component the previous season had an increased risk for spontaneous abortion (SAB) within the 28 days after vaccination. Rigler said everyone above 6 months old needs one and, to protect those younger than 6 months, it is essential the adults around them get vaccinated. Health officials recommend receiving the quadrivalent flu vaccine to guard against four strains of influenza this season.
Experts say that the severe flu season happening in Australia now, which begins in July, could be an indicator of what the US will experience.
Although not so common, the flu vaccine can cause life-altering or even life-threatening reactions.
On 1 August, the New South Wales wellbeing division discharged information which demonstrated an especially bad flu year.
Immunity from the shot lasts about six months. "If you have questions about which vaccine is best for you, talk to your doctor or other health care professional".
Most are linked to a particular strain of the influenza A virus, which has a predilection for people aged over 65. He said it's so important to get your shot because it can affect so many people around you.
Flu season is upon us and Open Door Health Services is available to help. Most health plans cover vaccinations and a self-pay discount is available to people without insurance coverage. It is recommended everyone get the vaccine, but especially high-risk groups like pregnant women, the elderly and children. If your face swells up, you have trouble breathing, you have an anaphylactic type reaction then no, but those people are extraordinarily rare.
The BC Centre's Skowronski says many influenza researchers are hesitant to discuss problems with the vaccine "because they're afraid of being tainted with the antivaccine brush".