Like it or not, flu season is here and passing the virus on to those most at risk can result in hospitalization or death.
Immunize Canada says children under five, seniors over 65, pregnant women, Aboriginal people, those who are obese, residents of nursing homes or have chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease are most at risk.
While the flu causes a few days of fever, cough or feeling off for most people, the highly contagious respiratory disease can lead to severe complications for those more vulnerable.
“This makes influenza prevention by healthy individuals who can pass it on to those at high risk for severe complications a necessity,” Dr. Nicole Le Saux, vice-chair of Immunize Canada, said in a media release. “Healthy individuals can shed the influenza virus and transmit it before they experience any symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to get vaccinated against influenza every year.”
The national advisory committee on immunization recommends all Canadians six months of age and older, and those at high risk, get a flu shot. Although the recommended time is between October and December, the committee says it’s never too late to talk to your doctor, nurse, pharmacist or public health office about getting vaccinated with this year’s flu vaccine.
For more information check out immunize.ca.