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Flu vaccine less effective this year

Flu vaccine less effective this year”

Furthermore, the strains of flu virus that are most prevalent change from year to year, which is why new flu vaccines must be formulated nearly annually. "It's kind of early, but with rapid tests to detect flu, we probably diagnose it a little earlier than we used to", Schell said.

It may be hard to think about the flu when it feels like summertime outside but don't be fooled, Norton Healthcare says the time to act is now.

Sarah Hawthorn was a healthy new mum-to-be when the flu virus hospitalised her and placed her in a coma last month.

This year's vaccine has been updated to better match circulating viruses, according to the health agency.

"All seniors ages 65 or older should receive a high-dose flu shot". Waiting to see what happens isn't recommended.

To compensate people injured by the flu shot and other vaccines, the USA government established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

More than 98,000 cases of flu have been reported in Australia this season with scores of deaths, including an eight-year-old girl last week. When a new "swine flu" strain emerged in 2009, it killed 56 US pregnant women that year, according to the CDC. But a flu vaccine from the previous season may not protect you during the off-season since influenza virus can mutate so much every year. "You'll have fever, chills, coughing, sweating", she said. Thirty-six percent said they get vaccinated in October, making it the most popular month for flu shots. It's right around the corner and right now doctors are stressing the importance of getting vaccinated.

In addition, action taken to help prevent flu for groups at higher risk of severe disease such as influenza antiviral treatment and prophylaxis, remain important interventions.

In a statement released to The Herald Sun, the heartbroken father called on people to immunise their children against the flu. Immunising children not only protects them, but the rest of the community - particularly the elderly and those with illnesses that make them highly vulnerable to infection. People at high risk include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease, those 65 years and older, health care works, and other people who live with or care for high risk individuals. If someone does get the flu after getting vaccinated, it is more likely to be a milder case.

"The recommendation for vaccination of pregnant women against influenza has not changed", Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mary McIntyre said.



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