Almost half of Edmontonians won’t get flu shot

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Pediatricians suggest getting flu shot by Halloween

State health officials say the unidentified child died during the week ending October 6, the first week of this year's season, and was otherwise healthy.

Orlando Health reports 53% believe flu vaccines can cause children to get sick with flu while 34% believe the flu vaccine doesn't work.

The problem is that many parents are choosing not to vaccinate their kids because of misinformation about the flu shot. The CDC recommends everyone over 6 months of age get vaccinated by the end of October each year.

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Last year's flu season was severe with high levels of outpatient and emergency department visits, high hospitalization rates, and widespread influenza activity across the country.

Researchers found that more than 80 percent of pregnancies overlap with flu season.

"The flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu", said Dr. Moorjani. H3N2, he said, is "the virus that always causes the most disease and it's the one that the vaccine has the hardest time protecting against".

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Alberta Health Services is advising Albertans to roll up their sleeves and protect themselves and everyone around them this flu season. Those with medical conditions such as asthma, chronic lung or heart disease, diabetes and obesity are also at risk for flu complications, including pneumonia. Pregnant women should also be sure to get the vaccine, doctors say, since research shows the baby they're carrying will also benefit after birth.

The state's flu reporting season runs from September 1 to May 31.

They say the flu strains have been confirmed as type A (H1) and Type B (Victoria).

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When it comes to the conventional flu shot, the CDC makes no "preferential recommendation" between the vaccine that protects against three flu strains and the vaccine that protects against four flu strains. It is the most effective tool we have. Flu symptoms include a fever that lasts 3-4 days, body aches, chills, tiredness, cough and headache.

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