Will you get the flu shot?

Jeannette Daniel
December 8, 2017

"The vaccine doesn't work as well for H3N2 as we would like, but does work for some and it may provide partial protection".

Welltok's data also reveals that seniors with certain comorbidities are far more susceptible to hospitalization if they contract the flu virus.

Lin, who chaired the meeting, said that doctors have reported that while hepatitis A vaccines have been administered to children older than 12 months, they are not included in subsidies for children's standard vaccinations, which might result in doctors being unable to apply for reimbursement of vaccination costs.

Doctors have been warning of a bad flu season in the United States because of what happened in Australia. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine. "It's a good guess that H3N2 will predominate, and that's worrisome", he said.

While rare, there are flu-related deaths each season.

The number of lab-confirmed cases is up to 304, up more than 100 from last week. But those strains aren't exact matches to the two strains that are now circulating through the population. As health officials rushed to contain the outbreak, the CDC admitted that the 2014 flu vaccine did not protect well against H3N2 - it had just seven percent chance of protection.

Clay Van Houten, of the state Health Department, says it's likely that the flu season peak is still a ways off, so it's not too late to get a flu shot.

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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. The flu vaccine is very effective against these, she noted.

"Getting the flu is an bad experience".

Despite those misgivings, she encourages the elderly and those with underlying heart and lung conditions or with suppressed immune systems, who are vulnerable to influenza and its complications, to get their shot to obtain "all the protection you can get".

"But for others, healthy young adults with no comorbidity and no close contacts with such conditions, it's a personal choice".

"It makes me a little sad that people across the country - especially pregnant women - may not be getting the recommended and appropriate health care", Altmann said.

"Yeah, it's not a great vaccine, but it's a lot better than nothing".

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