"I'm certainly not presuming that there's going to be doom and gloom and I don't believe that's naïve optimism whatsoever", he said.
"The other thing is a pandemic can happen any time. It doesn't happen often", said Colby. "It does take a couple weeks to get fully protected", said State Epidemiologist, Zack Moore. In the 2016-17 flu season, which was described as a "moderate", more than 600,000 were hospitalized due to complications from the flu, said Jernigan.
Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England's medical director, told the BBC he was anxious about how staff would cope with a major flu outbreak. No outbreaks were declared. However, if a patient visits their doctor for the sole objective of getting a flu shot they would have to pay for it, because it is no longer covered under MCP. Flu shots will be offered to parents, siblings, and direct caregivers of Riley patients for free.
Whether the myth that getting a flu shot gives you the flu or just a a general dislike of needles has kept you from getting a flu shot in the past, you should get one this season ASAP, health advocates say. "The side effects are usually non-existent or very, very mild".
If you're between ages 18 to 64 and find injections uncomfortable, you can ask about getting the vaccine with a smaller needle that only pierces the skin-the traditional shot is injected into the muscle, which can be more painful.
Flu vaccination clinics started across the province on Monday and will be held at pharmacies, family physician offices, nurse practitioner offices and more over the next three months across P.E.I.
The clinics will be Thursday and Friday from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.at Catawba County Public Health, 3070 11th Ave.
Not only does the annual vaccination reduce the risk of getting sick with flu, but it also helps prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
"They think it's diarrhea and upset stomach", he said. That's what influenza is and it doesn't have anything to do with the respiratory tract.
Influenza spreads when a person comes into contact with droplets from an infected person who coughs or sneezes.