Health experts: This year's flu vaccine only 10% effective

Health experts: This year's flu vaccine only 10% effective

Health experts: This year's flu vaccine only 10% effective

"We are encouraging people who have not been vaccinated to get their flu shot now", said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District.

The U.S. will use the same flu vaccine this year as the one used in Australia, and early data show that H3N2 is also the predominate flu strain in circulation in the United States so far this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even with vaccine effectiveness in the range of 30 to 60 percent, flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year.

So, health officials still recommend that everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu shot this season. You can download the app on any device, which allows patients to get virtual care from a doctor online.

Wash your hands frequently during the flu season.

Dr. Gordon said the vaccine was about 60 to 70 percent effective past year.

Over the past few months, Australia, whose flu season just ended, was hit hard with a flu strain that's notorious for causing severe illness, especially in seniors.

As a result, hospitals are getting ready for a major increase in flu cases during the holiday season.

Dr Anthony Fauci told: "What happened is, in the development of the vaccine, as we grow it in eggs, the virus itself mutated a bit, so that there was nearly an accidental mismatch purely on the basis of the virus trying to adapt itself to growing in eggs, which is the way you make the vaccine".

In other words, we already have a problem with getting a good match between the vaccine and the virus, and growing the vaccine in eggs may make the match worse, including with this H3N2 strain. Vaccine can still protect against the other 3 strains.

According to the health department, 35 people have been hospitalized across Ohio.

Besides fear of needles, some people don't get vaccinated because they worry about getting sick from the vaccine, but since the virus in the vaccine has been killed, that's not possible. Those at risk for the flu include elders older than 65 and children younger than 5. The reason is because the flu can change every year.

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