This year's flu vaccine might only be 10% effective against predominant strain

05 December, 2017, 01:55 | Author: Darrell Lopez
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But getting a shot years ago doesn't mean much for this upcoming flu season, which peaks around February.

According to the CDC, Massachusetts is deemed one of four states with widespread flu cases.

The country saw double the usual number of deaths from the virus and triple the number of overall cases.

Even worse, it appears the dominant strain will be H3N2, which can produce more severe illness, said Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The CDC says people who get flu shots have a 40 per cent to 60 per cent lower chance of getting seriously ill than the unvaccinated.

But they say it's still extremely important for people to get vaccinated, as herd immunity - when enough members of a community get vaccinated to prevent a unsafe outbreak - can protect vulnerable members of the community, like children, seniors and people with serious illnesses that impact their immune system.

Getting your flu shot now can help protect you from illness.

Cumulative rate of hospitalizations per 100,000 people for influenza in California by age in October and November of 2017.




With winter kicking into full swing, so is flu season. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. The two people who died were older than 65, according to a release from the health department. 'Vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated'.

But the Fauci article points to another possible factor: most flu vaccines are grown in eggs.

For Calgary's Laura Hampton, any protection against the flu is good protection when it comes to her one-year-old son Jack.

If you're suddenly remembering that you forgot to get your flu vaccine, it's not too late.

For needle-phobes, there's a skin-deep vaccine that uses tiny needles, and a needle-free jet injector that shoots another vaccine through the skin.

"We're vaccinating for more strains than we have in the past", Sarah Hoffman said. If you've had your flu shot, doctors say there are signs the vaccine against the main strain is only about 10 percent effective.

You better stock up on chicken soup this year.

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