Health Officials Urge You To Get Your Flu Shot


Flu season in Spokane normally peaks in February. "Some of them are very mild, and some of them are severe", Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), tells Bustle. Some experts say it is early in the season and may be too soon to say just how effective the vaccine is.

One preliminary estimate shows the vaccine this year to be only 10 percent effective.

In the land down under, where the 2017 flu season is now a wrap, public health officials reported record-high rates of flu, as well as above-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths.

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While the outlook for the US flu season is grim, Dr. Fauci maintained that Americans should still take the time to get a vaccination.

The specialists also noted that account from Australia have engendered developing apprehension with hitting high spots in the laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and upsurge and increasing figures of hospitalizations and deaths.

The vaccine now being administered to Americans uses the same formulation.

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While it's definitely good to be aware of the potentially rough flu season, Dr. Fauci stresses that there is no need to go full-on hazmat suit. The vaccine promotes antibody protection within two weeks.

One rationale for the arduous flu season may be that this year's presently developed vaccine may have disparate to the flu drain may have wound up propagating creating the vaccinations unproductive at intercepting the outbreak.

Quadrivalent vaccine These flu vaccines protect against four strains of influenza-two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B. Including a second strain of influenza B provides broader protection. "We're not saying it's a great vaccine", Bregier said. "However imperfect, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated", wrote the authors of the perspective.

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