|Flu season the worst in years|
|Friday, 15 February 2013 12:19|
Chief Medical Officer with Regional Health Dr. James Keegan says the numbers have dropped quite a bit with Influenza A, which is the type they've seen the last few months. Keegan says even though the worst of the flu season is over, we could see a different strain of influenza in March and April.
Keegan says, "Different strains of the virus can be more threatening to the elderly or very young, which is the usual people that are affected by this, plus people with chronic illnesses, so that's the reason for the whole strategy of all the rest of us getting vaccinated, so we're not exposing a lot of people who are at risk. This year's vaccine was good for the types of viruses, but not quite as effective as some of the previous year's vaccine and that may have been a factor also."
Keegan says healthcare professionals are still recommending everyone get vaccinated.And he says if you are getting shaking chills along with influenza, that's when you should see a physician.