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

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

Poursina says, given how severe the flu season is projected to be this year, he is strongly encouraging everyone to get the flu shot, regardless of its effectiveness. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

FACT: Getting the flu vaccine, even later in the season, can still be beneficial.

The flu vaccine used this year in Australia - which has the same composition as the vaccine used in the US - was only 10 percent effective, according to a preliminary estimate, at preventing the strain of the virus that predominantly circulated during the country's flu season, an global team of medical experts wrote in a perspective published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. Their vaccine was only ten percent effective. The vaccine in Australia has the same composition as the vaccine used in the United States.

FACT: Simply put, the flu vaccine is the best protection you can get. Viruses have a tendency to mutate over time, which makes the vaccine less effective. The viral pieces used in these vaccines are not living organisms but genetically engineered proteins that can be grown and propagated in bacteria, making the use of eggs unnecessary.

Experts say 19 Oklahomans had to be hospitalized between November 22 and November 28 due to the flu.




MYTH 4: Everyone receives the same type of flu shot.

According to health experts, this year is expected to be one of the worst in a while.

FACT: Each year, the seasonal influenza vaccine includes the strains that researchers found will be most prevalent throughout the season. "Increasing the number of people who receive a flu shot also helps those around them stay healthy, including seniors, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions that make them more vulnerable to serious flu complications".

If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.

Dr. Fauci stated that scientists need to develop a universal flu vaccine. "We're seeing now that the vast majority of the strains that are early-circulating now right now in the United States...are this H3N2, which historically is always the worse influenza, for example, than an H1N1", Fauci said.


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