Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Medical experts: Flu season may be a bad one

It's peak flu season: Here's what you need to know First flu-related death in eastern Washington confirmed in Spokane County
Angelo Anderson | 01 December, 2017, 06:37

That's not a reason for Americans to skip the flu shot this year, Fauci said.

FluMist was licensed in 2003 and originally was considered comparable to or better than injectable flu vaccine in protecting against the flu virus. When someone gets sick, they mistakenly believe the vaccine was the cause.

Brace yourself for a rough flu season.

A commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week estimated that current vaccines are only 10% effective against this year's main flu strain, called H3N2.

There was a similar issue three years ago when the vaccine was just 13% effective. 24 Spokane County residents have been hospitalized with flu this season, compared to nine during the same period past year. Study authors attributed this to the fact that 2009 monovalent pandemic vaccine did not become widely available until well after the peak of influenza illness had occurred.

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"Patients have the risk of getting pneumonia even from not getting the flu shot and getting actual flu", Hare said. The vaccine greatly reduces the chances of contracting the virus and, if contracted, may make the symptoms milder. The vaccine stimulates the body's immune system to make antibodies, which can recognize and attack that specific strain of virus inside the body.

Experts say 19 Oklahomans had to be hospitalized between November 22 and November 28 due to the flu. Children younger than 5 years old and adults 65 years of age and older are at high risk of serious flu complications and typically account for the majority of flu-associated deaths and have the highest flu-associated hospitalization rates.

MYTH 4: Everyone receives the same type of flu shot. This year, experts are warning that flu season will be particularly nasty-in part, they believe, because of a less effective vaccine. The authors stated rather than focusing on short-term improvements of the common vaccine, they instead hope "to achieve the ultimate objective of a universal influenza vaccine" through using a diverse group of experts and resources.

If you do end up getting the flu, doctors we spoke to suggest taking Tamiflu or Relenza; both can shorten the time that you're sick.

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