Flu Activity Is Up Amid Questions About Vaccine Effectiveness

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"That's not uncommon for flu vaccines to not have 100 percent coverage from year to year", Archer says.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit announced in mid-November that the flu had arrived for the season, after a laboratory confirmed that an Owen Sound resident had tested positive for Influenza A. The flu season is expected to be more severe than usual since the strain that is expected to circulate is H3N2, which historically has led to higher overall flu hospitalization and death rates. Most people with RSV recover on their own in a couple weeks, but infants and young children, people with asthma and older adults are at higher risk for developing a more severe form of the virus.

And finally, if you can, stay at home if you're sick. Children can begin getting the flu shot by the time they are six months old.

What's more, American vaccine manufacturers look at the strain hitting Australia when producing the vaccines for the USA, but that strain can mutate within the six to eight months the US industry needs to produce the vaccines.

With that, scientists now stress the importance of a universal flu vaccine and are championing new paths away from the egg-based manufacturing process.

McPhatter said H3N2 is included in this year's flu vaccine, but there are different strains of that subtype so it's too early to say how good of a match the vaccine is to the flu circulating in the community.

"However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated", the NEJM authors wrote.

"They can go, here at the health department", said Roberts.

"If folks have not gotten vaccinated, getting vaccinated is your best protection against the flu", Bolduc said.

Doctors say what happens in the USA with flu season tends to mirror what happened in the southern hemisphere.

The flu vaccine is typically available at your family doctor's office and is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most other health insurance providers.

The widespread presence of flu, she said, has been declared three weeks earlier than it was in 2016.

Many GP practices hold large flu vaccination clinics.

Influenza vaccines, also known as flu shots, are vaccines that protect against influenza.

Shelton noted flu and ILI seem especially prevalent in Northern Virginia now, but she and MSHA officials urged everyone to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting a flu vaccine and using common-sense preventative measures such as hand washing and covering coughs.

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