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More influenza vaccine is given to pharmacists, doctors so far this year



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Three weeks in Iceland Hälsa's annual flu-shot campaign is the amount of vaccine distributed to doctors and doctors during the same period 2017.

There have been 235,984 doses sent to healthcare professionals, bringing more than 10,000 doses from last three weeks' total of 225,621. It follows an upward trend in the number of people being vaccinated.

"We always order a little more over the years," says Dr. Dee Hoyano, a healthcare professional with Iceland Health.

The total number of doses given during the flu season 2017-18 increased 275,000.

Island Health also reports a slight increase in the number of adults and children immunized by public health care workers on the three-week mark – up to 10,280 from 10,266 last year.

There is still time to take a shot in the optimal early season, Hoyano said.

"We'd like to see everyone who will be vaccinated, do it in the next few weeks before you get into December, because it's usually when we start to see more influenza activity happening," she said.

Influenza case 2017-18 was extended to April, but Hoyano said that the season is usually between December and March.

She said health officials are waiting to see how severe the flu season 2018-19 will be and which tribes dominate. This season's vaccine covers two A strains and one B strain. As in most seasons, it is expected to be between 40 and 60 percent effective.

"Right now, the flu results show we have shown that the majority of them are flu A, H1N1 strain," said Hoyano.

Hoyano said she got her shot a few weeks ago. "It reduces the risk of getting the flu and also being able to pass it on to others," she said.

Influenza costs $ 25, but is free for children for six months to five years, people 65 years and older, and people at high risk of flu complications due to heart disease, cancer and other conditions.

Every year in Canada there are approximately 3500 border-related deaths and 12,200 hospital stays.

The free vaccine is available from public health clinics, some medical offices and most pharmacies.

Those who are not entitled to the free vaccine can buy it at most pharmacies and travel clinics.

To find a flu vaccine clinic near you go to immunizebc.ca/clinics.

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