It's not too late for a flu shot, as cases rise


"What happened is, in the development of the vaccine, as we grow it in eggs, the virus itself mutated a bit, so that there was nearly an accidental mismatch purely on the basis of the virus trying to adapt itself to growing in eggs", Dr. Anthony Fauci told WTOP.

The costs of flu vaccines vary on insurance plans, but many planes cover the vaccines at no cost, according to Crow.

The flu season has not yet brought any surprises, Hoyano said.

This year, however, the virus appears to have mutated rendering the vaccine only about 10% effective.

Last year, only about 47 per cent of the population was vaccinated in the US.

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Flu does constantly evolve, forcing new vaccine to be brewed each year to match the strains specialists expect to cause most illness.

That H3N2 strain caused infections here a year ago, too.

The very young and very old are most susceptible to getting the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to remind people that, even though the holiday season has begun, it's NOT too late to get a flu shot.

"The very process of how we make the vaccine creates an unanticipated, nearly accidental mismatch, which is what happened in Australia this year", Fauci said in an interview.

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CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

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

The flu season is just getting underway in North America, but if Australia's experience with influenza is any guide, we're in for a miserable winter.

A flu shot is a vaccination made of inactive flu strains.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health confirms 105 people have been hospitalized for the flu since September 1 in Oklahoma including two people who died during the last reporting period, the week ending last Thursday.

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Doctors still want you to get the shot, though. The self-pay cost of vaccines is $25 and the high-dose vaccine for people 65 or older cost is $55.