The health department also plans to announce additional flu shot clinics for children and adults who cannot be present for the drive through event. Officials say the child was otherwise healthy, with no underlying conditions.
An innovative worldwide study coordinated by Abt Associates has found that over the course of six flu seasons, getting a flu shot reduced a pregnant woman's risk of being hospitalized from flu by an average of 40 percent.
They're asking them to get flu shots for their children who are 6-months-old or older. Other than previous year, the number of fatal cases of the flu has ranged from about 12,000 in 2011-12 to 56,000 in 2012-13.
Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health Services Dr.Albert de Villiers says getting the vaccine is one of the best things people can do to protect themselves from the flu.
Last year's flu season was the deadliest in at least four decades, 80-thousand people died of the flu and its complications.
"Unfortunately, there already has been a child that has passed away from the flu from this season and it was known to be an antigen "B" that the child passed away from", she said. Those feeling ill should also cover their cough and stay home, to prevent spreading the flu to others. Again, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to kick in, and people often get the vaccination during cold and flu season. "This season, influenza vaccines have been updated to better match the circulating strains". Aside from protecting moms from getting the flu, vaccines can also protect babies from the illness after they were born. This changes annually, which, along with waning immunity, is why it's recommended that you get a flu shot every year.
Anti-virals like Tamiflu are effective in lessening the symptoms of the flu but are most effective if administered within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.
"You can not get flu from the flu vaccine".