Flu vaccine not as effective as hoped against this year's dominant strain

  • Flu vaccine not as effective as hoped against this year's dominant strain

Flu vaccine not as effective as hoped against this year's dominant strain

With so many similar respiratory infections going around this time of year, it is possible to get another virus after a flu shot.

Influenza activity is rising across the USA with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting recent widespread activity in several states.

Compared to this time previous year, experts say there are double the number of confirmed cases of the flu.

This year's flu vaccine was also found to have been only 10 percent effective on one strain of the flu, called H3N2 in Australia.

With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you haven't already been immunized.

Deti cautions that the county data is often inaccurate because many people do not go to the doctor when they have the flu and those who do often don't get officially tested and diagnosed.

The Edmonton zone has reported 167 lab confirmed cases and 61 hospitalizations.

According to Quartz, the annual flu vaccine development process begins several months before each flu season. You might need it if you find yourself battling the flu.

Dr. Gordon said so far, the Cleveland Clinic Health System has already seen about two dozen cases of the flu, which is the sporadic category, but is not yet considered widespread.

According to the health department, 35 people have been hospitalized across Ohio.

For Calgary's Laura Hampton, any protection against the flu is good protection when it comes to her one-year-old son Jack.

For needle-phobes, there's a skin-deep vaccine that uses tiny needles, and a needle-free jet injector that shoots another vaccine through the skin. Last year, the state had 15 flu-related deaths, most among the elderly. "So typically there's no cost to the vaccine", she said. The self-pay cost of vaccines is $25 and the high-dose vaccine for people 65 or older cost is $55.

FluMist, a less ouchy nasal spray vaccine, once was popular with children. Even if the shots may not be 100 percent effective, they can still make flu symptoms less severe.

You better stock up on chicken soup this year.