Are You Sick as a Dog Despite Getting the Shot? Here's Why

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There are many varieties of the flu vaccine.

The latest update from the state's health department says 197 people tested positive for the illness so far this season and "one influenza-associated death in an individual greater than 65 years of age has been reported".

As we creep into the colder months, your chances of getting the flu increase.

What's more, American vaccine manufacturers look at the strain hitting Australia when producing the vaccines for the USA, but that strain can mutate within the six to eight months the US industry needs to produce the vaccines. "There's usually a little bit of a lag between when we start seeing transmission happening in the community and when we start seeing outbreaks".

The biggest jump was the week of November 25 with 35 cases. However, only about one-third of those tested to be actual cases of the flu, and almost all of those confirmed flu cases were indeed one of the three strains targeted by the current flu shot serum.

"Influenza can take a person who is functional in society and make them very sick, but after they recover they may never get back to that same level of function that they had before".

Flu viruses are constantly changing, and different viruses can circulate causing illness each season. Most provide modest to high protection against influenza; however, each year this varies. "It's not too late".

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A flu clinic is being offered December 18 from 1 to 7 p.m.at the Regina Performing Arts Centre.

"Ususally we'll get some of those flu vaccine effectiveness studies that come out in the early part of next year, " she explained. The other half of the equation is the public's civic duty to help protect one another by getting the flu vaccination even if you don't think you need it. The current flu vaccines offer protection against pandemic H1N1, as well as influenza A H3N2 and influenza B strains.

"It's unusual for the same strain to go around for a second year", Shahab said.

Getting the flu vaccine will not give you the flu. The difficulty with formulating an effective flu vaccine is that the virus strains must be selected months in advance to give manufacturers time to make the vaccine.

And if you do get sick, stay home and rest.

No. Some people do experience mild side effects from their flu shot - a low-grade fever and muscle aches aren't uncommon. These are the first flu-related deaths reported this flu season.

Doctors say what happens in the US with flu season tends to mirror what happened in the southern hemisphere. "We expect that to continue".

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