Lifelong Protection Against Flu? New Vaccine Shows Promise

08 November, 2017, 10:22 | Author: Hope Soto

Those that received higher doses of the vaccine didn't even get sick, the report says.

Though an early arrival of the virus is no indicator that the entire season will be bad, health officials are urging residents to get flu shots.

While there are many reasons why you might not want to get the flu shot, there are many more reasons why you should.

Despite the usual barrage of seasonal warnings, fewer than 50 percent of Americans reported getting a flu shot past year.

Excuse #6: I got the flu shot past year, and I still got the flu. "And it's important that they don't spread the virus to their family and the community". Directing a vaccine and the body's immune response towards the stalk is a seemingly logical strategy for creating a shot that would provide broad protection.

Some people are more vulnerable to complications from the flu such as babies, children under five years of age, people over 65 years of age, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions.

According to a 2013 Clinical Microbiology Reviews article, the challenges of the conventional approach include predicting which flu strain will circulate in coming years; manufacturing and delivering safe, timely and adequate supplies; and poor responsiveness among the elderly, who often are the most vulnerable to influenza infection. Most of the vaccines we receive use purified proteins from a virus grown in chicken eggs, while others use antigens grown through alternative methods.

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Local pharmacies also provide the flu shot free of charge. The agency estimated that vaccinations prevented about 1.9 million illnesses and 67,000 hospitalizations. These side effects usually last less than two days.

Excuse #5: If I get the flu, I can take antibiotics to get better.

"An ideal influenza vaccine would be affordable, provide long-lasting immunity, require few immunizations and would work against all variants of the virus", Weaver said.

Protect yourself and your loved ones.

Flu season generally begins in the late fall and runs through the winter months.

The ineffectiveness of this year's current flu vaccine was evident when Australia, whose flu season runs from May through October, resulted in more than two-and-a-half times the number of laboratory confirmed notifications of influenza reported to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) this year when compared with the same period last year.



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