Like the current 2014-2015 flu season, H3N2 viruses circulated predominantly during the 2012-2013 season. This seems to be the case with the batch of flu vaccines given out this year, Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a local Washington DC radio station.
It's that time of year again - flu season is upon us.
The Louisiana Department of Health says flu activity is picking up significantly across the state. Bruton said flu season historically begins after the new year.
And this year, experts say the flu virus might end up being more intense than it has been in the past and the flu vaccine might not be as strong as expected.
However flawed though present day influenza vaccines represented a priceless public health tool, and getting vaccinated is the right step as compared to not getting vaccinated at all, the corresponding global team of medical specialists accentuated, however, in the viewpoint.
"Even though we're all using the same flu vaccine, we haven't seen it here in the USA yet".
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that an annual flu vaccine is the "the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses".Читайте также: Indices end at 2-week high
When the researchers introduced the mutation into a strain of influenza A virus that normally doesn't have it, the replication rate of the virus dropped.
Flu vaccines are created to protect against the most common flu viruses.
For many, the flu vaccine is covered under some form of insurance or through Medicare Part B - and often with no out-of-pocket cost. However, Reuters reports the life-saving drug must undergo years of clinical trials before it could be accessible to the general public.
"I think it's a good idea to be proactive, get the immunization, and then if you get the flu you're going to have to deal with it", said Dr. Czwalina. "We're not saying it's a great vaccine", Bregier said.
So, the warning that was just put out that this year's vaccine may not be that effective didn't phase her. Even if you got vaccinated you may be at risk.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.
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