Flu season could be the worst in almost a decade

Expect a Bad Flu Season

"It's best to get it now and not wait until the flu is more widespread", Beard said. Qualifying children and adolescents can receive flu vaccine provided by the Texas Vaccines for Children program.

Past year in Canada and the USA, the vaccine was found to be only 35 per cent effective in preventing cases of H3N2 influenza, she said. Some flu shots protect against three flu viruses and some protect against four flu viruses. But health officials still recommend getting the flu shot, saying it still inoculates against H1N1 and is better than having no protection.

"The people who are most vulnerable are the elderly and children and women who are pregnant".

However, doctors insist we can not underestimate the importance of "herd immunity", and that the shot may be more effective as lessening illness in those who do get sick.

Those who already have the flu can spread it to others even before they feel sick.

Families Fighting Flu announces the availability of a new video series on the importance of annual flu vaccination for seniors.

"If you're not excited about getting vaccinated yourself, do it for the people you love", Mills said. "I believe there is a booster effect, although I can't prove that".


"Because there is a risk, there should be a choice", Smith said.

Experts warn this could be an early sign that the U.S. faces the same fate as Australia, which had one of its worst outbreaks on record, with two and a half times the normal number of cases. "There's still some protection against all flu illness in Australia last season".

Dr. Allison McGeer, director of infection control at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, said lab testing in Ontario is turning up "quite a lot of B isolates, almost as many Bs as H3N2". And in Australia, which used the identical vaccine as Canada's this past season, its effectiveness against H3N2 infection was far less - only about 10 per cent.

"We do see a predominance of the H3N2 virus that was common last season", Flannery said.

"When we measure vaccine effectiveness, that's effectiveness against protecting against disease completely", said Schaffner, who was not involved in the CDC research, though he is a liaison representative of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which develops recommendations on the use of vaccines for the CDC.

Winter is in the air and so is flu season, especially in the South.

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