Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

This year's flu shot more promising that last year's

This year's flu shot more promising that last year's

Flu shots are recommended for seniors, people with underlying chronic health conditions, children under five, and pregnant women.

The vaccine can take time to begin working.

With weather changes comes the inevitable start to flu season, if you are still debating whether to get your flu shot or not this year, here are some truths you should know about getting vaccinated.

If you are experiencing those symptoms, call a doctor as soon as possible.

Twice a year, the WHO organizes consultations to review the data and predict what strains of the flu will be most prevalent in the coming season. It found last year's shot was only 17 per cent effective in preventing respiratory illness from H3N2 overall, the dominant A strain of influenza, and only 10 per cent effective for adults aged 20 to 64.

Mirella Salvatore, an infectious disease specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, told The New York Times the strains which are now circulating match that in the vaccine, but noted "even when vaccines do not match circulating strains they seem to prevent severe disease, and studies show that unmatched vaccines can still avert million of hospitalizations".

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If your child can not have a vaccine, the flu mist is back this year.

Out of nearly 890,000 people eligible, 330,000 did not not get their flu vaccine in 2017.

"I'd like to see more people get vaccinated", Redfield reportedly told journalists.

The reason why? While many report headaches and even fevers, this is because the flu shot actually takes up to two weeks to take effect. The shot is either made with a virus that has been "killed" or "inactivated" or made with "only a single gene from a flu virus (as opposed to the full virus) in order to produce an immune response without causing infection", the CDC says. Flu season there, which is coming to an end, has been relatively mild.

It's hard to predict how severe the flu season will be this year, Lin said.

Health officials say the flu is already present in Oklahoma and has led to several hospitalizations in the state.

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