Flu shot predicted to be less effective this year

08 December, 2017, 02:06 | Author: Nina Hammond
  • Expect a Bad Flu Season

Flu shots help protect us from the highly contagious, debilitating illness that can have severe complications in some portions of the population. "They present with the typical symptoms of fever chills cough sore throat muscle aches".

Doctors say a typical flu season in Oklahoma usually runs from October to May. A typical case can last close to a week; serious complications include dehydration and pneumonia.

But health officials still recommend getting the flu shot, saying it still inoculates against H1N1 and is better than having no protection. "We want to help educate grandparents to understand the seriousness of the flu and their higher risk of developing complications from this unsafe and potentially deadly disease".

Among health care workers who declined the vaccine, the most common reason is fear of experiencing side effects or getting sick from the vaccine.

"We have some evidence that the vaccination protects the woman from influenza herself, and it can protect the infant in the six months of life from getting influenza before we are able to vaccinate the infant", Flannery said.

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And the vaccine is no guarantee of protection.

Data from the CDC's interactive flu-tracking site show cases of people falling ill with "influenza-like illnesses" (ILI) are more widespread than in previous years.

The flu season is finally upon us, but recent reports revealed that this year's flu shot may be ineffective. Qualifying children and adolescents can receive flu vaccine provided by the Texas Vaccines for Children program. The article's authors also noted that "the vaccine prevented about a third of all illness by all of the types of flu", Flannery said.

Experts say that 24 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 135. That death reported in mid-November involved a child age four or younger.

If you do catch the flu, Brammer suggests taking antivirals such as Tamiflu to reduce the number of days you are sick. There it was only 10 percent effective, and it's predicted to be similar in the states.

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