Flu Vaccine May Only Be 10 Percent Effective This Year

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It is becoming increasingly clear that the USA will be hit by a particular strain of influenza called H3N2, the same strain which has just wreaked havoc in Australia, and was responsible for the four most deadly flu seasons in the last 10 years.

How effective is the 2017 flu vaccine?

The CDC also has a flu tracker so you can check the weekly influenza activity in your area.

According to the CDC's weekly flu report, Georgia is experiencing a moderate activity of Influenza-like Illness as of November 18 for the 2017-18 flu season.

If you haven't gotten a flu shot yet, it's not too late, according to Denton County Public Health.

National Influenza Vaccination Week emphasizes the importance of receiving an annual flu vaccination. Anti-viral medication, available through a doctor only, may shorten the illness.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after touching shared objects or surfaces such as door knobs, light switches, remote controls, shopping counters, debit card readers, etc. "That's why we take the flu very seriously".

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"Going into the holiday season, December, January, temperatures get really cold, we're going to see increased numbers of flu cases". Dr. William Schaffner, who is involved in the CDC's flu surveillance network in Tennessee, has noticed cases of influenza picking up "dramatically" in the last week.

The most common symptoms of flu are a fever accompanied by a cough or sore throat.

"The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months old receive a flu vaccine from a licensed medical professional". Second, the recommendation to not use the nasal spray vaccine has been renewed this year - only injectable flu shots should be used for all populations. This is your immune system doing its job, and should only last a day or so.

Mahoning County Health Commissioner Pat Sweeney said on any given year there is a 40 to 60 percent match - vaccine to virus. After you touch these objects, you can catch the virus when you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.

While doctors and health departments in our area have heard about the possible effectiveness of the vaccine, everyone I talked to is still urging people to get the shot, because the flu is still a very serious problem.

For folks who did, and folks who didn't get their shot this year, they all had similar reactions.

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