Flu season could be worse this year, doctors say

Dec 12, 2017, 18:04
Flu season could be worse this year, doctors say

Unlike other vaccines - such as childhood immunizations, which are effective 95 per cent of the time - the flu shot efficacy does vary.

However, Dr. Izaddoost said this is "fake news".

Rigler said it may just be that people are getting the flu earlier in the season than normal. Australia had a late flu season with mostly an H3N2 strain.

This year's flu shot is even less effective, the USA confirmed.

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Statewide, there have been five confirmed flu-related deaths, but none in Yakima County, Sixberry said.

A report published today shows the rate of adults getting vaccinated against influenza this year has dropped 3.7 percent, meaning just a third of adults and children are protected.

According to surveillance data conducted by the province on influenza rates, confirmed cases this flu season are up 60 per cent compared to the same time past year.

"This is more typical of what we see most years", Shahab said. As part of a team that comes up with the vaccine for the season, I am the first to acknowledge that we don't always get the vaccine exactly right.

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MedExpress pointed to a November 29 perspective published by The New England Journal of Medicine that began: "As clinicians in the United States prepare for the start of another influenza season, experts have been watching the Southern Hemisphere winter for hints of what might be in store for us in the North. Reports from Australia have caused mounting concern, with record-high numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and outbreaks and higher-than-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths".

Experts are warning the vaccine may only be around 10% effective.

“As long as the flu is still circulating in your community, its not too late, ” said Lisa Grohskopf, M.D, Medical Officer at the CDC.

Richard Webby, PhD, is a member of the infectious disease department at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and one of a select group of scientists responsible for determining which flu vaccines will be put into circulation each year. This report also includes granular analysis of the market share, geographic regions and revenue forecasts and of the North America Flu Vaccine market. When your immune system kicks into gear making antibodies, your body's natural response can involve fatigue, soreness and even mild fever. Vaccinations are also about protecting others.

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Vaccines are usually less effective when the H3N2 strain is involved.