Flu vaccine may be only 10 percent effective this year, experts say

Дек 08, 2017, 01:38
Flu vaccine may be only 10 percent effective this year, experts say

The flu strain is deadly and unsafe and in Australia it brought the four deadly flu seasons from the last 10 years.

Flu season is building momentum in ME, with both outpatient medical visits and hospitalizations on the rise.

Flu is now widespread in four states, including Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and MA, the CDC reports.

But she said it's too early to predict what strain will predominate or how severe the season will be.

Besides getting the flu shot, health officials say you should wash your hands frequently so you don't spread germs. "They're just telling you there's an iceberg there".

- A new published paper warns that this could be a bad flu season in the United States and the flu vaccine being used could have as low as a 10 percent effectiveness. Next are, in order, York, Cumberland and Androscoggin counties.

So far this flu season, San Diego County has had four people die of influenza.

Australia has seen record-high numbers of flu cases, including an uptick in the number that are particularly severe, the New England Journal of Medicine reported.

He says the flu shot is created to cover multiple strains, so if a different strain hits Central Texas you will still be covered.

Experts say there's still plenty of time to benefit from getting a flu vaccine, which are widely available at medical offices, pharmacies and other sites.

"We want to continue to emphasize that vaccine is better than no vaccine and vaccine can prevent death, especially in children", Jackson said.

"Dr. Crowe and his team are experts in figuring out which antibodies are important, making them in bulk, determining their biology, and then evaluating their effectiveness in animal models of infection", Creech said.

The faulty refrigerator stopped functioning properly October 6, its cooling mechanism running continuously instead of cycling on and off, causing temperatures to drop to -3.4 C, effectively destroying the potency of two of three types of flu vaccines it stored, both the conventional one and a high-dose variant used for those ages 65 and older.

"It hits you like a freight train", she said.

However, even an imperfect vaccine can help prevent or lessen the severity of illness, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. A person can contract the flu by breathing in these tiny droplets.

Early assessments suggest the current vaccine - which was produced in spring after scientists made an educated guess at what strain to expect - will be just 10 percent effective.

Those individuals may have a weakened immune system, therefore making it more hard for them to fight off the flu. Stay home and rest, away from others. Drink plenty of fluids. In some cases, a health provider will prescribe over the phone and avoid having sick individuals come in to the office with their germs.

"The thing that we can do is be vaccinated to protect our loved ones", he said.

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