Flu season is among us and it looks like the 2017-2018 flu season could turn out to be a difficult one for seniors. This year, more than two and a half times the number of flu cases have been reported in Australia than last year. The flu strain we experience in North America today is the same that countries in the southern hemisphere experienced in their last flu season over 6 months ago. The good news is, Canadians aged 64 and older do a fairly good job of getting their vaccinations, accounting for the highest vaccination rates among all age groups.
While studies show that flu vaccines tend to work best in children and healthy adults, some protection is absolutely better than no protection at all. Other data suggests that vaccination can reduce the severity of the flu and cut down on hospitalizations of the elderly.
Doctors recommend getting vaccinated as early as possible each flu season, as it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies in your body to develop, protecting you from the flu. While a typical flu season begins mid to late October and ends by Easter time, it’s not too late to get your flu shot today!
To read answers to some of the top questions being asked about the flu check out this article by ‘A Place for Mom.’