"People die of the flu every year so please get your vaccination. We hope that translates to a milder season here", he said. "We will have complete supplies by the end of November and the main epidemic of flu every year tends to come after this".
The doctor wonders if people would be more inclined to get the flu shot if it was a hypothetical "cancer vaccine" with the same effectiveness.
This year, 368,000 doses of the vaccine were ordered.
They are trying to fend off the watery eyes, sore throats, aching body, fevers and chills all associated with the dreaded flu, by getting the flu vaccine that should hold them through to the next year. Vaccinations remain the best way to prevent the flu, and the CDC is recommending that you do that before the end of this month. The next highest age groups, in order of prevalence, are five- to 10-year-olds; 50- to 64-year-olds; 19- to 35-year-olds; 11- to 18-year-olds; and finally, 36- to 49-year-olds.
But these myths can be harmful if they lead people to avoid the vaccine unnecessarily. "If you haven't been vaccinated and haven't yet had the flu, you should get the vaccine".
Scientist and policy advisor Dr George Slim, 58, was one of more than 2000 Wellingtonians who took part in this year's testing, to help develop a longer flu vaccine. Even healthy people can be infected and spread the flu virus without showing symptoms.
Dr Jillian Johnston, the PHA's consultant on health protection, said: "Flu can be a very unpleasant illness, and in some cases very risky". Do you have a young child?
Question is, do you take the same care to maintain your own health?
The flu jab will also be offered to all frontline care staff who are directly employed and those services commissioned by the County Council. The doctor says flu activity can happen anytime between October through May.
The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for flu is at 0.8%.
Holmes said the flu vaccine becomes widely available to the general public in late October.
Some people don't get the shot because they are convinced the vaccine actually makes them sick. This is unequivocally false. The vaccine does not cause the flu; rather, it helps the body protect itself from the viruses in the vaccine that research suggests will be the most common during the current flu season.
Flu is very infectious and can be serious.
Keep in mind, however, that some people might still get a low-grade fever (below 100) and feel slightly exhausted or achey even after the shot, says Urrutia, and that's normal. Even people with egg allergiesare now cleared to get it. Now is the time to get that flu vaccination but so many nurses, and other medical employees, don't get around to it. You should get a flu shot that is not only for your own health, but for the health of others.
Parents in Fife are being urged to act now to reduce the risk of their children contracting Flu this winter.