This year's flu vaccine only 10 percent effective, early estimate shows

01 December, 2017, 06:35 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • It's peak flu season: Here's what you need to know

High-dose vaccines As people age, their immune systems weaken, which means the elderly benefit less than younger people from a standard flu shot.

The doctors added that the ineffective shots had the lowest rate of success in preventing influenza A. The flu strain - also known as H3N2 - "historically is always the worse influenza", according to Dr. Fauci and can result in severe illness and possibly death in at-risk patients.

After citing preliminary data from Australia, they said the flu vaccine used this year is only 10 percent effective.

The Georgia health department said there have been 14 flu-related hospitalizations so far this season. In a press release published by the NIAID, it was explained that numerous factors can influence the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine; in this case, the perspective's authors believe manufacturing could have led to the increased risks Australians faced during their 2017 winter.

Also, experts suggest getting the flu shot. It may be several years before a universal flu vaccine is available. He adds that avoiding public places during an outbreak, staying home from school or work when you are ill, and covering your mouth if you sneeze is key to reducing the spread of the virus.

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At last check there has been only one lab confirmed flu death in Washington this season.

Symptoms of the flu included, fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and extreme fatigue.

MYTH 3: There's no point in getting the flu vaccine if it's later in the flu season. The vaccine greatly reduces the chances of contracting the virus and, if contracted, may make the symptoms milder.

"Getting the flu is an terrible experience". Those hospitalized were people over 50 and children under 5.

To create a vaccine for each flu strain, manufacturers grow billions of WHO-selected viruses in chicken eggs, STAT reports.

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