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This year's flu vaccine might only be 10% effective against predominant strain

This year's flu vaccine might only be 10% effective against predominant strain

Despite this new information, health experts say it's still important to get your flu shot.

The country saw double the usual number of deaths from the virus and triple the number of overall cases.

The flu season usually peaks in late January or February, sometimes as late as March, but this year, some predictions warn that cases of flu could soar right around the winter holiday season.

Even worse, it appears the dominant strain will be H3N2, which can produce more severe illness, said Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta says that while the vaccine may not be as effective as in the past, it is still worthwhile as it will lessen the severity of the flu in some patients.

You can enter your ZIP Code and find places to get vaccinated here.

"The take-home message is that there's a desperate need for a more effective influenza vaccine", Dr. Meissner said.

It gives me no joy at all to announce this, but flu season is officially here - early. The American flu vaccine uses the same composition, they note.

Southwest Georgia Health District staff expects positive flu cases up until May
Southwest Georgia Health District staff expects positive flu cases up until May

In September, World Health Organization flu advisers who met in Australia recommended updating future vaccines for the Southern Hemisphere to strengthen H3N2 protection.

"By getting the vaccine you're not only protecting yourself but it's that herd immunity".

If someone is infected despite vaccination, generally they have a milder illness than if they'd skipped the shot, doctors have said.

CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

While the focus on immunization is not necessarily new, there are some new developments and recommendations for the 2017 flu season. Those at risk for the flu include elders older than 65 and children younger than 5.

In addition to getting a seasonal flu shot, good health habits will help you stay well.

The vaccination program ended a couple of weeks ago, and in addition to adults getting their shots, 1,890 Campbell County students also received a flu shot, said Nachelle McGrath, Campbell County Healthcare Foundation executive director.

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A large banner outside Agriculture Hall proclaimed the major milestone as people arrived for the free meal. Word said even though he's not with his immediate family, he's making a new one at the dinner table.

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