This year's flu season might not be welcoming, some medical experts apprise

This year's flu season might not be welcoming, some medical experts apprise

This year's flu season might not be welcoming, some medical experts apprise

Health officials say one of the flu-related deaths was recorded in central Oklahoma and the other in the southwestern part of the state.

The ones at risk of getting it most? The holiday bustle - and colder temperatures - all add up to the flawless recipe for passing on, and catching, germs this season.

Scientists are anxious to develop a universal vaccine which could protect against all strains and would not need to be administered every year.

"You can get this flu shot pretty much everywhere right now". In 2016, the NEJM reports that flu shots were able to stop H3N2 34 percent of the time. But that's not the case.

To create a vaccine for each flu strain, manufacturers grow billions of WHO-selected viruses in chicken eggs, STAT reports. Last year, the vaccines were only 34 percent effective.

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". While still in development, the candidate vaccines would train the human immune system to recognize components of the virus that are common to all influenza strains and don't change from year to year as they crisscross the globe. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.

If you do end up getting the flu, doctors we spoke to suggest taking Tamiflu or Relenza; both can shorten the time that you're sick. "However imperfect, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated", wrote the authors of the perspective.

The vaccine now being administered to Americans uses the same formulation. In February, a global group of researchers meets at the World Health Organization to identify three or four strains of the influenza virus they think will infect folks in the northern hemisphere, based on what made people sick in the southern hemisphere's most recent flu season. 24 Spokane County residents have been hospitalized with flu this season, compared to nine during the same period a year ago.

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