Ajit gets a flu shot every year. As a front-line health-care worker, he’s regularly in contact with people who have the flu or who are at high risk of becoming ill.
Ajit believes he has a strong immune system because he has already been exposed to so many germs working as a nurse.
A shift as a nurse in the emergency department can be 10 to 12 hours long, and Ajit sees up to 200 patients a shift sometimes. Usually Ajit works two to three shifts a week, but he never says no to overtime.
Influenza has been linked to four major causes of hospitalization in adults over 65, including pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease and stroke.
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Okay, don’t judge, but Ajit is a chaotic neutral gnome wizard in his latest Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Every weekend, Ajit and a few of his friends go on exciting adventures in the game from the kitchen table.
Flu activity in Australia and the southern hemisphere is usually a good indication as to whether Canada — and North America as a whole — might be in for a nasty flu season in the months ahead.
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75% of adults who get the flu shot receive it in October or November.
Ajit is a superhero movie buff. And since there seems to be a new Marvel or DC movie coming out every few weeks these days, he regularly finds himself in a crowded theatre. But, hey, you can’t beat movie theatre popcorn!
Washing your hands and avoiding touching your face will help prevent spread of the flu. But the best form of protection is the vaccine.
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Place of vaccination
Maybe it’s thanks to his long hours as a nurse, but Aijt cannot make it through the day without a cup of coffee! His favourite place to grab a cup is the little 24/7 café a few blocks away. Double shot of espresso anyone?
Anywhere people gather, there is increased risk for the spread of flu.
On days between long shifts, Ajit needs to stretch his legs. Luckily there’s a good trail nearby where he can run. While he’s not really training for a marathon, maybe it’s something he’d like to do one day!
Herd immunity can help protect others. It’s achieved when enough members of a community have been vaccinated to protect other more vulnerable members.
Each year the flu vaccine contains four different strains of influenza virus: two influenza A strains and two B strains.
When he’s unable to get out for a hike, Ajit likes to go to a local rock-climbing gym to be as active as he can be. After all, they say physical exercise is a good way to boost your immune system to protect against cold and flu.
Influenza is tough on the healthcare system. Influenza infections cause an estimated average of 12,200 hospitalizations each flu season.
Ajit’s parents live in Calgary, but they come to stay with him in Vancouver for a week or so, a couple of times a year. They are both in their 60s and active. They often take Ajit’s lead when it comes to their general health.
Flu Fighters@HealthECanada · Feb 18
Did you know: The strains of influenza virus in the vaccine are changed each year based on which ones are circulating around the world. Another reason it’s so important to get a flu shot every year.
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