Getting the annual flu shot is almost a tradition for some. You don't even really question by now, all you know is that you have to go get it at the same time each year. For some of us though, we might tend to avoid needles or doctors appointments at all costs, and skip out on the shot that we consider to be optional.
TL;DR Six deaths caused by this years flu virus have been confirmed in Alberta, with hundreds more being hospitalized for deadly symptoms. Doctors are advising Canadians to get the flu shot immediately to prevent the infection from spreading. More details below.
You'd never expect the flu to be an illness that could turn deadly, right? Otherwise everyone would be rushing to their nearest clinic for the vaccination.
Well, consider this a wakeup call, Canada. This season alone at least six people have died in the country, with 427 Canadians in total being sent to hospital. All because of the flu.
The confirmed cases as well as deaths all seem to have occurred in the Calgary area, with the Alberta Health Services recording 1,985 cases of influenza A, and 16 cases of influenza B.
Seriously, the virus is so bad that even Calgary's top emergency room doctor is warning that this year’s flu is extremely severe. If you're experiencing symptoms such as high fevers, aches, coughing and a sore throat you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The ages of those killed by the deadly virus have not been released, but it is warned that the elderly and children are most at risk of contracting the infection.
Doctors are advising that the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to get vaccinated immediately. The annual vaccine against the flu is free for anyone over six months old, and is available at pharmacies, walk-in clinics, and doctor offices.
According to Health Canada, this years vaccine is better than last years at preventing respiratory illness, so you really might as well just get the shot to avoid contracting the flu that keeps on spreading.
And for those of us who just can't do needles, a nasal spray vaccine has been approved for use in the country, and should be available wherever you can get the shot.
It's expected that more deaths will be confirmed in the upcoming days. Stay tuned for more information on Canada's flu season.