Typ­i­cal u sea­son ex­pected

Flu shots avail­able through doc­tors, nurse prac­ti­tion­ers and phar­ma­cies

The Amherst News - - NEWS - BY DARRELL COLE darrell.cole@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

The up­com­ing flu sea­son shouldn’t be any busier than pre­vi­ous years, but north­ern Nova Sco­tia’s chief med­i­cal o cer of health is warn­ing against com­pla­cency.

Dr. Ryan Som­mers is urg­ing peo­ple to get a free u shot this year, es­pe­cially those in high risk cat­e­gories, rst re­spon­ders and health care work­ers.

“So far what we’ve heard from the ex­pects around the coun­try and those in other coun­tries it looks as though we’re go­ing to have the same type of u sea­son as last year,” Dr. Som­mers said. “Last year wasn’t too bad and we’re sort of hop­ing for and ex­pect­ing a sim­i­lar year this year.”

Nova Sco­tia has al­ways had a good record of par­tic­i­pa­tion in u shot cam­paigns and Dr. Som­mers is op­ti­mistic that record will con­tinue into this year.

“It’s a safe and e ec­tive vac­cine in that it will pro­tect re­cip­i­ents from get­ting the u virus and pre­vent oth­ers from get­ting the u from you,” he said. “In typ­i­cal year we’ll see 30 to 35 per cent and in peak years up to 45 per cent will get the u vac­cine.”

High risk groups in­clude se­niors, chil­dren from age six months to ve years, In­dige­nous peo­ple, preg­nant women, peo­ple with chronic med­i­cal con­di­tions and those who live with, or care for peo­ple in high-risk groups.

e H1N1 strain of the u is ex­pected to re­turn this year, but won’t have the im­pact it did sev­eral years ago when it at­tacked younger, health­ier peo­ple and sent many scur­ry­ing for a flu shot. e main strain is ex­pected to be the H3N2 strain that was here last year.

e u sea­son typ­i­cally be­gins in Novem­ber and runs un­til mid to late April.

Flu symp­toms of­ten in­clude fever, headache, gen­eral aches and pains, fa­tigue and weak­ness, a runny and stuffy nose, sneez­ing and a sore throat.

Flu shots are avail­able through fam­ily physi­cians’ and nurse prac­ti­tion­ers’ of­fices while most phar­ma­cies also o er them.

Pub­lic Health flu clin­ics for chil­dren un­der age ve, ex­pect­ing moms and their fam­i­lies in Cum­ber­land County are set for Nov. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m., Dec. 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Jan. 8 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 18 South Al­bion St., Amherst.

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