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Is the Seasonal Flu Vaccine Effective?

Getting the flu vaccine every year is your best defense against fighting influenza (the flu). For the 2017-18 influenza season, the flu vaccine will provide protection against four seasonal flu strains. Every year, scientists monitor the global spread of flu and decide which flu strains will likely cause the most illness during flu season. Those strains are then put into the flu vaccine for that year, so each year the vaccine is different. It is important to get the flu vaccine every year because the viruses change from year-to-year and the protection provided by the vaccine decreases over time.

The influenza vaccine has been shown to be efficacious, with higher efficacy demonstrated against laboratory-confirmed influenza than clinically defined outcomes. Immunization has been shown to reduce the number of physician visits, hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk adults.

To access 2017-18 Canadian and North American interim vaccine effectiveness studies, please refer to the links below:


If you have any questions about seasonal flu or pneumococcal immunization:

Speak with a health care provider or call Health Links – Info Santé at:

204-788-8200 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-888-315-9257