US health officials are bracing for a devastating flu season this winter that many people won't even be able to ward off with their annual flu shot.
The production of universal vaccines entails no such risk. The peak of flu season has occurred anywhere from late November through March. Across the globe, there are an estimated 3 million to 5 million severe flu cases each year and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths.
To conduct the study, researchers applied statistical modeling with US age-group specific estimates of flu-associated excess deaths, monthly flu vaccination coverage estimates, and summary seasonal flu vaccine effectiveness (VE) estimates.
Australia's 10 percent success rate is a major blow to the hopes of Americans lining up for flu shots this year. It's important to note that most flu vaccinations protect against strains that are respiratory in nature, not gastrointestinal, so if you still get the "stomach bug", it doesn't necessarily mean your vaccine was ineffective.
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First, get the flu shot anyway. The result showed in principle that this mutation site, and perhaps others on the virus, may be used as "dimmer switches" to adjust the vaccine's strength up or down-so that it induces an immune response without also causing illness. At this time last season, 37 had to be hospitalized for the flu.
Brace yourself for a rough flu season.
MYTH 4: Everyone receives the same type of flu shot.
Trivalent vaccine The traditional vaccine created to protect against three different flu viruses-two A viruses and one B virus. This year, experts are warning that flu season will be particularly nasty-in part, they believe, because of a less effective vaccine.
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If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever. Among the most at risk for complications from the flu include seniors over 65 years old, children under age five, and pregnant women.
FACT: Influenza certainly does not discriminate. In short, prevention is always better than cure; the best defense against the flu is to get an annual flu vaccine.
"Unfortunately, this is an example of how serious flu can be", said Dr.
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