This year's flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective

This year's flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective

This year's flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective

The CDC estimated the influenza vaccine prevented over 40,000 flu-related deaths from 2005 to 2014, but the authors on the perspective concluded the scientists developing more influenza vaccines "can do better".

Poursina says, given how severe the flu season is projected to be this year, he is strongly encouraging everyone to get the flu shot, regardless of its effectiveness.

According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the flu vaccine used in Australia, that's pretty much the same as the one in the US, was only ten percent effective.

Health officials say the deaths of two people due to influenza are the first flu-related deaths in Oklahoma this season. Their vaccine was only ten percent effective.

If you get the flu, get antiviral drugs started within 48 hours and stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. It may be several years before a universal flu vaccine is available.

According to SRHD, peak flu season in the Inland Northwest is typically between January and February. Among the most at risk for complications from the flu include seniors over 65 years old, children under age five, and pregnant women. "Vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated".

MYTH 3: There's no point in getting the flu vaccine if it's later in the flu season.

Navarrette still suggests getting your flu shot to protect yourself and your family. Last year, the vaccines were only 34 percent effective.

"Getting the flu is an bad experience".

Poursina says, the early warning that the flu shot may not be as effective this year could actually be helpful in how medical professionals handle cases.

MYTH 5: Flu vaccines are only for really sick people. It can cause serious complications or illness for those with chronic conditions, and healthy individuals are just as likely to catch the flu virus.

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