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The following influenza (flu) vaccines were publicly-funded in BC in the 2016/17 season: FLUMIST® QUADRIVALENT, FLULAVAL® TETRA, FLUVIRAL®, AGRIFLU®, and FLUAD®.  Other vaccines may have been available for private purchase.

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The influenza (flu) vaccine is still available.   

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The influenza (flu) vaccine  helps prevent influenza, it does not treat influenza.

People who have already been sick with an influenza-like illness this season should still get vaccinated.  Here are the reasons why:

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There are a number of reasons why people may get influenza (flu)-like symptoms even after they have been vaccinated against influenza:

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Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a rare condition that can result in weakness and paralysis of the body’s muscles. It most commonly occurs after someone has had an infection. This can be a bacterial infection or a viral infection, including influenza (the flu). In rare cases, it can also occur after some vaccines.

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