Flu season expected to be severe this year

Cynthia Goldsmith  CDC									SOURCE Cynthia Goldsmith  CDC

Australia's bad flu season may have been due, in part, to a mismatch between the flu strains included in this year's flu vaccine and the flu strains that were circulating in the public.

The CDC says the virus is hitting faster than usual with cases already spiking in some regions of the south.

In Quebec past year the vaccine was only 37 percent effective against the strain of H3N2 that was infecting people.

US health officials said they are concerned the upcoming flu season could be a bad one, based on reports from the Southern Hemisphere, where the flu season recently ended for the year. They fear those numbers could keep climbing right through the holidays. You can have deaths because of respiratory illness which causes hospitalizations.

Some of us remember the days when shots, TB tests, and polio vaccine on sugar cubes were given at school, so it's not surprising to see parent's signing up their children to get their flu shots at school.

You may be at an increased risk of developing the flu this season even if you have been vaccinated.


This year's predominant strain, H3N2, historically has produced more severe seasons.

Manufacturers say between 151 million and 166 million doses will be available this year.

According to Quartz, the annual flu vaccine development process begins several months before each flu season.

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.

If you're suddenly remembering that you forgot to get your flu vaccine, it's not too late.

The shot takes about two weeks to build enough antibodies in your system to ward off the influenza virus. The nasal spray vaccines are not being offered. But a year ago, a baffled CDC said it was no longer protecting against certain influenza strains as well as regular flu shots - and told doctors not to use it. And it states getting the flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself from the flu and its consequences.

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