A rough flu season could be ahead, doctors say

Flu season is here

On Tuesday, we spoke with doctors about the flu shot, that might not be very effective this year.

The flu virus is spread through droplets of saliva and mucus from the nose and mouth of someone who coughs or sneezes. Catherine Paules and Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reported in last week's New England Journal of Medicine.

"Such as the elderly, pregnant women, children, so it's just so important to get your flu vaccine", said Pam McGowen a nurse practitioner at the Florida Department of Health, Bay County.

"But we can not say we will go on to experience the kind of severe season Australia had, in part because we ourselves had a fairly severe epidemic due to H3N2 in 2016-17", Skowronski said.

"Even 10 percent effective is better than nothing, and a lot of it has to do with herd immunity - the more people are protected from it, the more other people will also be protected", she said.

Vermont Health Department officials say they're starting to see cases of the flu early in the season.


The flu season generally peaks between late November through March.

When does the flu season begin this year? "It is also notable to state that over time the flu vaccine does wear off, making it necessary to receive it annually".

"It doesn't necessarily mean flu shots won't work here, or suggest how intense our flu season will be, but it's a good predictor", Crain stated.

Though the accuracy and effectiveness of each year's vaccine varies, this year's seems on track to provide good protection against the Influenza A strains now predominating, health officials say. "We're having about five times the amount of influenza B pickup during the autumn period in British Columbia than we typically have", she said.

The flu season is upon us and it's expected to be one of the worst.

The faulty refrigerator stopped functioning properly October 6, its cooling mechanism running continuously instead of cycling on and off, causing temperatures to drop to -3.4 C, effectively destroying the potency of two of three types of flu vaccines it stored, both the conventional one and a high-dose variant used for those ages 65 and older. The nasal spray vaccine that has been available in recent years is no longer considered effective and is not available. "And at the end of the day, to know that we might be able to protect the most vulnerable around us with a universal influenza vaccine - that's a reason to get excited about science".

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