Health officials: Flu shot may only be 10% effective this season

08 Декабря, 2017, 01:29 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Expect a Bad Flu Season

Winter is in the air and so is flu season, especially in the South.

In the case of H3N2, the vaccine component has been genetically altered somewhat as a result of the manufacturing process, which involves growing vast quantities of the virus in eggs.

"Anything that you can do to help prevent your family from getting the flu is very beneficial", said Altmann, who was not involved in the CDC research.

Flu activity, which has been increasing since the start of November, is now higher than usual for this time of year, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people recover in less than two weeks.

The flu season is declared under-way once we have reached an above-average number of people with influenza symptoms (i.e. more than 2.2 percent of people).

Michelle Krinsky said she did not feel comfortable getting the vaccine because its ingredients and effectiveness concerned her.

"The number of flu cases is relatively high for this time of year, and public health officials are concerned there will be a high risk of spreading the flu during the holiday season".

Most Oklahoma cases involve those age 50 or older or those four and younger.

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Health-care workers and people whose close contacts have underlying medical conditions have additional impetus to get inoculated against the flu, she said.

"If you're not excited about getting vaccinated yourself, do it for the people you love", Mills said.

Even if you don't have a regular health care provider, the flu vaccine is available in many settings.

The biggest drop in flu shot rates was seen among Hispanic adults (down 7.7 percent from last year). DHEC encourages everyone to find the facility that works best for them.

A former OH nurse with the Christ Hospital Health Network said she was sacked last month for refusing a flu vaccine.

Lisa Smith said she thinks everyone should think critically about the vaccine before they roll up a sleeve. "H3N2 seasons have been more severe in terms of hospitalization and death, especially in the elderly and young children; that's a concern".

"The effectiveness changes from year to year", says Spicer.

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