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Get your flu shot early, says NS chief medical officer

Dr. Robert Strang said last year's flu bug resulted in the death of 63 people, which is within the yearly average
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Don't give flu shot a miss this season based on last year's failure, doctors say

Autumn is nearly upon us, and with that comes a new round of the flu.

The province's chief medical officer of health said we're about a month away from flu vaccines becoming available, and it's important to get immunized early.

Dr. Robert Strang said last year's flu bug resulted in the death of 63 people, which is within the yearly average.

The strain of H3N2 usually results in a more severe flu season, and it's not clear what to expect this year.

Strang said predicting what strain of the flu is coming is similar to preparing a long range forecast.

"If the strain doesn't change very much, then people who were immunized last year would still have some underlying immunity," said Strang. "There are a number of factors that go on to contributing to what we see each year when it comes to influenza."

The southern hemisphere has already had its flu season, and according to Strang that can help predict the North American flu strain.

Strang reiterated that while the flu shot won't fully prevent a person from getting the flu, it will severely drop the chances of getting yourself and others sick.




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