Verify: Is the flu vaccine only 10 percent effective?

"We haven't even hit the peak season, so this would be a ideal time for people to go out and get their flu shot", Sixberry said.

She said it's not too late to vaccinate, but do it now before your holiday parties.

Regionally, Shelton said, not all the numbers are in regarding flu, but some increase in cases has been observed.

The flu is an extremely contagious illness. The 57 confirmed cases of influenza only account for about 5 percent of the 1,064 tests administered so far this season.

As well, MedExpress noted that it has practices in 18 states.

He urges anyone with flu symptoms, such as a sore throat or fever, not to visit friends and relatives in long-term care facilities, hospitals or those with underlying health conditions.

Mandel also suggests washing your hands frequently, covering your cough, and getting a flu shot.

North America Flu Vaccine Market Segmentation by Types: Whole Virus Vaccines, Split Virus Vaccines, Subunit Vaccines, Live Attenuated Virus Vaccines, and more. She encouraged those individuals with other medical problems to see a physician.

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"They have a less tropical climate, one that's more like ours", Patel said in a news release. "But right now we really don't have any great estimate for the USA and how effective our flu vaccines are so far this year".

"The strain that's been detected as the primary circuiting strain of flu virus can cause more severe illness than some of the other strains", Wiese said. "Typically, we don't see flu starting to arrive in Pima County until February or March".

It's recommended for most everyone six months and older. And often, by then, more than one-third of those admissions will test positive for the flu. "It mutates as it goes from person to person, that's why it's so hard to predict what season we'll have".

Several areas throughout IL are experiencing heightened flu activity, and one preliminary report shows the flu vaccine may only be 10% effective.

The flu vaccine might not be as effective this year against a common and virulent strain, H3N2, but local public health officials say that's no reason to abandon the shot altogether.

While it's too early for disease control experts to evaluate the efficacy of this year's vaccine, health officials say that even in seasons when the flu vaccine is not a ideal match for the most common strain of the virus floating around that year, people who are vaccinated experience less severe symptoms if they do become infected.

The vaccine's effectiveness can vary based on what virus strains are in circulation, both doctors admitted, but say it's still better than nothing.

So are you not getting the vaccine because you've heard it's not very effective this year?

  • Myrtle Hill