Reports show flu vaccine won't be effective

01 December, 2017, 06:37 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • SRHD reports Eastern Washington's first flu-related death this season

US health officials are bracing for a devastating flu season this winter that many people won't even be able to ward off with their annual flu shot. "Some of them are very mild, and some of them are severe", Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), tells Bustle.

He said the study was done in Australia because they get the flu season first.

The number of confirmed flu cases is high for this point in the season, according to OSDH.

On a good year, vaccines are 50 to 60 percent effective.

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

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For many, the flu vaccine is covered under some form of insurance or through Medicare Part B - and often with no out-of-pocket cost. Flu vaccines must be matched each year to the strains that will likely be circulating this year, but when different strains are active, the vaccine won't be as effective. The vaccine in Australia has the same composition as the vaccine used in the United States. That could eliminate the need for people to get new flu shots each year. If a universal flu vaccine is available, then scientists will not have to worry about trying to find the right strain.

"Flu can be a deadly illness that needs to be addressed", said Lutz.

"The vaccine is still the best bet we have, the best tool we have", Poursina says.

FACT: Simply put, the flu vaccine is the best protection you can get. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. You should also wash your hands, and be careful of items like door knobs and sell phones which collect bacteria.

MYTH 1: You can get sick from the flu vaccine. Staying healthy during the winter can be a challenge, but simply getting vaccinated and following the basic rules of hygiene you learned as a kid could make all the difference.

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