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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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The publicly funded (free) influenza vaccine is purchased by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) with money allocated by the Ministry of Health and is distributed through the local health authorities.  The provincial supply of the publicly funded influenza vaccine is determined prior to the actual influenza season based on information from each of the health authorities.  Thus, each

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