Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

As effectiveness is questioned, health officials encourage getting flu shot

Flu season hits Massachusetts early as experts worry vaccine won't match dominant strain Flu vaccine may only be 10 percent effective, experts warn
Marlene Weaver | 06 December, 2017, 03:23

Even if you've had a flu shot before, it's important to get one every year.

Dr. Jeremy Rowell at Medical City Arlington says they've already seen severe cases of the flu, mainly in elderly people.

Each year, scientists try to determine which strains of the flu will be prevalent.

Health officials are warning that the flu season could be bad and that it's coming early.

It's why he and others advise to not dismiss the flu shot.

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Caudle and Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist Chris Altman will host a special flu-focused Facebook Live event on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET to answer questions about the flu, address common misconceptions and provide helpful tips on how to stay healthy throughout flu season.

Unfortunately, the flu vaccine available in the United States this year was only 10 percent effective in preventing illness from H3N2.

The CDC recently issuing their report saying Louisiana in particular is suffering from a "widespread" threat. He said this year's vaccine should work. A universal vaccine would also eliminate the need for a yearly flu shot and the use of eggs to produce it. This is why hand-washing is especially vital this year. Public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties have flu vaccine for people of all ages, including pediatric and quadrivalent vaccine as well as Fluzone High Dose for people 65 years old and older.

The Centers for Disease Control says confirmed cases are at just over 7,000.

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