Researchers believe flu vaccine may not be as effective this year

Medical experts Flu season may be a bad one

Dr. Garner says even though the flu vaccine is still being adjusted to hour version of the flu strain, it is still the best defense against the illness.

A commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week estimated that current vaccines are only 10% effective against this year's main flu strain, called H3N2.

The state Department of Health and Human Services reports the latest deaths have raised the death toll for the 2017-2018 flu season to five. Note that the nasal spray flu vaccine is no longer recommended due to a lack of proven effectiveness for preventing influenza.

Elizabeth Scott and her son, Anderson, get a flu shot every year, but she knows that it's not always helpful. A universal flu vaccine would eliminate the need for annual shots, as well as attack both pandemic and seasonal strains of the influenza virus.

Brace yourself for a rough flu season. Staying healthy during the winter can be a challenge, but simply getting vaccinated and following the basic rules of hygiene you learned as a kid could make all the difference.

Symptoms of the flu included, fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and extreme fatigue. "I really stay away from saying "we should be anxious about this" or 'we should be anxious about that, ' because the flu itself, and seasonal intensity, always has a degree of unpredictability about it", he explains to Bustle.

Experts say 19 Oklahomans had to be hospitalized between November 22 and November 28 due to the flu.

Flu vaccines are created to protect against the most common flu viruses.

"Getting the flu is an very bad experience". This year, there is again an option for a Trivalent (3-strain) vaccine, which protects from the three most common flu strains, or the Quadrivalent (4-strain) vaccine, which includes one additional strain. Those hospitalized were people over 50 and children under 5.

The influenza virus has already killed two people in Washington state, including a 60 year old Spokane County man.

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