This year's flu vaccine may only be 10% effective, experts warn

Georgia Reed
December 8, 2017

On Tuesday, we spoke with doctors about the flu shot, that might not be very effective this year. It is also possible to become infected by touching something with flu virus on it, and then touching your mouth or nose.

As health officials rushed to contain the outbreak, the CDC admitted that the 2014 flu vaccine did not protect well against H3N2 - it had just seven percent chance of protection. Experts believe that the USA will have to endure the most risky flu season, with the same characteristics as the 2014 outbreak. These deaths have created a strong desire in Creech to develop a more effective flu vaccine through his work in the Universal Influenza Vaccine Initiative. The United States reports from 140,000 to 710,000 influenza-related hospitalizations and 12,000 to 56,000 deaths each year. "The seasons in which H3N2 predominates, those are the seasons we see more severe illness, more hospitalizations". "The flu has the ability to infect each and every one of us, even those who claim they "never get the flu".

'I'm anticipating this being a bad flu year, ' infectious diseases specialist Dr Pritish Tosh, of the Mayo Clinic, told Daily Mail Online.

Most adults are infectious one day before they have symptoms until five-to-seven days after becoming ill, according to the Flathead City-County Health Department.

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

While in the past years the flu season started in February, this year the number of people hospitalized due to suffering influenza symptoms has increased.

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"So by the time we pick a version of the virus to make into a vaccine and put it into production, it might take six to eight months and in that time the virus might change". When vaccines are well-matched to circulating strains, estimates of effectiveness range between 40 and 60 percent, according to the Journal.

Other ways to stay healthy that you may not think of include staying active and managing stress, which can help give your immune system a boost.

"You can still get some partial protection just by having an antibody to those core components", Nelson said.

Almost 100 years ago, a horrific outbreak of influenza hit Philadelphia, infecting more than 47,000 residents.

Despite concerns over the effectiveness, experts said the yearly flu vaccine is still recommended, especially for young child, those over age 50 and people who have health conditions that could make contracting the flu particularly risky.

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