First case of the flu

Over 70 per cent of frontline health care workers vaccinated against flu last year

In a letter sent Monday, Dr Ridge asked PSNC chief executive Simon Dukes "to encourage your members in patient-facing roles to be vaccinated against influenza this winter".

The main thing to remember is that it's absolutely not too late to get the flu shot, said NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar.

The medical director of Buncombe County in North Carolina, Jennifer Mullendore, says this is considered on par with a typical flu season.

Dr Ridge underlined this as a significant achievement but asked more frontline pharmacy staff from the sectors such as community pharmacies to be vaccinated.

It's known that flu vaccines in general do not protect people as well as most other vaccines do.

Meanwhile, the primary school flu vaccination programme has now resumed following a brief stoppage due to supply issues.

Family health teams, clinics, and pharmacies have free flu shots available on site, just be sure to bring your health card.

Several vaccines are available, with differences between the various types, including the manufacturer, the production method, how many flu strains they protect against, and how they are administered.

The flu vaccine is available at health centres across the country.

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory virus that can cause fever, cough, muscle aches, and fatigue. The vaccine is especially recommended for people with medical conditions who are at risk of developing complications from an influenza infection. The CDC estimates that between 140,000 and 700,000 people get sick enough from flu every year in the U.S.to need hospital care, and the annual flu epidemic kills anywhere from 12,000 to 56,000 people a year, depending on how bad the flu season is.

Adult flu deaths are not required to be reported to the local health department, influenza-associated deaths of children under 18 are of serious concern and are a mandatory reportable condition.

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