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GCPH stresses importance of flu vaccine

GCPH stresses importance of flu vaccine”

However, Dr. Izaddoost said this is "fake news". This may be why so many people got the flu despite getting immunized. Prior to that, the county had logged 34 cases in the entire nine weeks of this year's flu season.

Most flu activity peaks between December and February, but in Florida so far, the highest number of outbreaks have been seen in the Tampa Bay area.

Flu season typically begins in October and runs through March. The flu vaccines offered this year reduce the risk of getting other strains of the flu by between 40 and 60 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Influenza vaccines, also known as flu shots, are vaccines that protect against influenza.

There were six hospitalizations and one flu-related death in the region in November.

Health officials like Maggie Hall, with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, say that could be an early indication of a more severe influenza season early next year.

What's more, American vaccine manufacturers look at the strain hitting Australia when producing the vaccines for the US, but that strain can mutate within the six to eight months the USA industry needs to produce the vaccines.

"This is more typical of what we see most years", Shahab said. Since Oct. 1, Mountain States hospitals have recorded 80 positive flu cases. As part of a team that comes up with the vaccine for the season, I am the first to acknowledge that we don't always get the vaccine exactly right.

The four most deadly flu seasons of the last 10 years - in the winters of 2003-2004, 2007-2008, 2012-2013, and 2014-15 - were H3N2 seasons, each with a particular version of that flu type. Roberts said it is too early to tell if the flu vaccine is working but said that even a little protection helps in the long run.

The vaccine's effectiveness was limited in Australia, only being about 10 percent effective against Influenza A (H3N2), which was the predominate virus experienced there.

In 2014, 147 children died of flu - a lot of them from a particular strain, H3N2. Instead, the flu vaccine acts by allowing your immune system to create the ability to fight the flu in case you are exposed. Now circulating viruses seem not to have undergone significant antigenic drift; circulating A (H3N2) viruses are antigenically less similar to egg-grown A (H3N2) viruses used for most United States influenza vaccine production. This will also prevent you from infecting other people.



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