Published: Tue, January 29, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

This year's flu vaccine almost 60% more effective than last year

This year's flu vaccine almost 60% more effective than last year

Also, according to Richard K. Zimmerman, MD, MPH, professor of family medicine, and associate professor of behavioral and community health sciences, University of Pittsburgh, flu vaccine rates dropped 40 percent past year, and 79,000 people in the United States died from the flu (the typical number is 23,000). For adults, flu deaths are estimated based on pneumonia and other illnesses related to flu.

While the flu vaccine is not flawless, and people who get it may still get the flu, it can lessen the likelihood of hospitalization and death. Flu season typically lasts through the middle of the spring.

The Health Department says you can get a flu shot up until spring and you shouldn't need another until next winter.

"If you're vaccinated, you have a 72 percent lower chance of getting the flu". Rather, a slight fever or general achiness or fatigue can be a sign that your immune system is doing what it should be to build immunity to flu in response to the vaccine.

"We're quite pleased with the estimate of vaccine prevention this year", she said.

The H1N1 virus strain is the most widely confirmed influenza A strain this season, however H3 viruses are dominating in the southeastern United States, the CDC reported Friday.

"I know from studying the evidence that vaccination works, and is the only effective way to prevent the spread of the flu virus".

You can also count on the fact that even in a mild flu season, a lot of kids get sick with the flu.

In 2018, the predominant strain was H3N2 and the flu shot was less than 20 percent effective at containing the epidemic. In fact, studies show that flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu illness by up to 60 percent.

Another popular myth on social media is that the vaccine is developed to only protect against the previous year's flu strain.

A seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged six months and older. Next, people with the flu should stay home from work or school.

"We're wanting people to be aware of the things they can do to prevent themselves from becoming ill, and the vaccine is a good way to do that", Pedati said.

Vaccines for diseases that used to sicken and even kill millions of people throughout the world-like measles, polio, whooping cough and more-have been available for decades.

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