Marcha 21, 2018

CDC warns about worse flu season than years past

07 Diciembre 2017, 08:04 | Martinez Canez

Flu vaccine gets bad wrap, but experts say studies could be flawed

Flu vaccine may only be 10 percent effective, experts warn

Flu activity is now widespread in four states: Massachusetts, Georgia, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

Dr.: You can not get the flu from the flu vaccine.

"There's always a high degree of unpredictability", he told Drugwatch.

Two Flathead County residents have died from the flu, marking the states first influenza-related deaths this season, the Flathead City-County Health Department reported Wednesday.

It's that time of year you might feel under the weather. While it may not be as effective against the H3N2 strain, it still protects at a higher rate against other strains. It is important to note that the Northern and Southern Hemispheres share the same vaccine composition this year.

It doesn't help that H3N2 is also a more severe form of the flu.

A spokeswoman for Sanofi Pasteur, a division of Sanofi that produces about 40 percent of the influenza vaccines distributed worldwide, cautioned the research only analyzed Australia.

Flu season has started earlier than usual and a recent study suggests this year's vaccine is less effective than in years past - a unsafe combination that has state public health officials warning people about the potentially deadly virus.

She says flu shots just aren't for her and her family, and she's not alone. The average number between 2006 and 2017 was 46 percent, according to data from the CDC. "When we take the wild virus, and wish to grow it up in eggs... the virus adapts to the eggs so that it multiplies most readily". "It was sort of an accidental mismatch". It was only about 10 percent effective there - setting the stage for what Americans are likely to experience.

To protect yourself this flu season, Hollander says its not too late to get vaccinated, you should wash your hands frequently, cover your cough or sneeze and stay home if you're sick. However, while vaccinated people can still get sick, generally they get a milder and less risky form of the illness.

Dr.: You should still get the vaccine because 10% is better than nothing. "The vaccine is extremely safe", he said. Anybody less than six months, if you have a newborn baby in your arms it's best to have everybody around the baby vaccinated.

But getting a shot years ago doesn't mean much for this upcoming flu season, which peaks around February. The most susceptible are the very young, the very old, and people with coexisting medical conditions. "This is part of the nature of influenza vaccination". Typically it takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to work. Ellen Niemitalo, who manages the Tulsa Health Department's Immunization Division, pointed to a theory that H3N2 tends to shift more rapidly than other strains. This week heightens awareness that the flu vaccine is still available for those who have not protected themselves against the ruthless virus.

So if you want more protection than just what the vaccine can offer, Dr. Rumoro says here's some tips worth repeating. If you don't have insurance, they have a limited supply of free ones.

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