Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Flu Season 2017: Is It Too Late To Get A Flu Shot?

Flu Season 2017: Is It Too Late To Get A Flu Shot?

On Tuesday, we spoke with doctors about the flu shot, that might not be very effective this year. 53 were diagnosed with the type A flu virus, and 49 others were confirmed with the type B influenza.

"The numbers are tiny right now, but they're just the tip of the iceberg", said Dr. Dora Anne Mills, vice president for clinical affairs at the University of New England in Biddeford and Maine's former top public health official.

Vaccine options this year include the standard formulation that protects againsts three strains of the virus; a "quadrivalent" version that protects more broadly; and two different high-dose options for adults 65 and older.

Vermont Health Department officials say they're starting to see cases of the flu early in the season.

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The paper says the implications for the Northern Hemisphere are not clear but states that since most of the USA influenza-vaccine supply is now produced in eggs and the composition of the 2017-2018 Northern Hemisphere vaccine is identical to that used in Australia, it is possible that we will experience low vaccine effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) viruses and a relatively severe influenza season if they predominate. And in Australia, which used the identical vaccine as Canada's this past season, its effectiveness against H3N2 infection was far less - only about 10 per cent. Every year, he treats critically ill children whose lives are threatened by the flu.

'Reports from other developed countries suggest suboptimal vaccine efficacy and we are still waiting to see which strain will predominate in the US.

San Diego County has more than three times the number of confirmed flu cases than this time a year ago, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday.

Nevertheless, the state is urging everyone to get a flu shot.

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Some infectious disease researchers are blaming the outdated methods for cultivating flu vaccines.

Two people in Flathead County have died due to circumstances related to influenza, according to the Flathead City-County Health Department.

Fauci said flu is inherently unpredictable, but all of the available evidence right now suggests that the flu season that begins in the USA this month won't be a light one. We don't know because once you get the flu it decreases your immune system. Current vaccines target only the head, which is particularly susceptible to mutations that at times render vaccines ineffective. Health experts recommend everyone over the age of 6-months get the vaccine.

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