Flu Vaccine Saved 40,000 Lives During 9 Year Period | Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

Flu Vaccine Saved 40,000 Lives During 9 Year Period | Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

As flu season is wrapping up in the Southern Hemisphere of the world, influenza cases were more widespread, and more severe, health officials say.

With the holiday season also underway, folks are searching for the best airfare to visit family, or making plans for loved ones coming in to town.

"I wouldn't say the flu shots are a bad thing because nine times out of ten it does work", Galloway added. The vaccine promotes antibody protection within two weeks. So far, there have been 105 hospitalizations associated with the flu statewide. And most health plans are required to cover the vaccine as well as number of other vaccinations. "So, get your flu shot".

FACT: The flu vaccine isn't manufactured with a live virus, so it can not cause the flu.

Exploiting a previously unnoticed genetic mutation may restore the effectiveness of the popular nasal spray version of the flu vaccine.

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"However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated", the team emphasized. Even a vaccine with limited effectiveness will protect some people from getting the flu.

The perspective called for more research to be done in developing a universal flu vaccine, which could protect against all seasonal flu variants and strains and would eliminate the need for people to get flu shots each year. Scientists manipulate these home-grown viruses to make them benign, or create a chemical lookalike, which-in the form of a vaccine-gives our immune systems a head start to prepare itself for future microbial invaders. Flu vaccines must be matched each year to the strains that will likely be circulating this year, but when different strains are active, the vaccine won't be as effective.

Some people, such as those over the age of 65, young children, pregnant women, American Indian/Alaska Natives and those with certain health conditions, are at higher risk for serious flu complications.

The flu season is just getting underway in North America, but if Australia's experience with influenza is any guide, we're in for a miserable winter.

Tis the season - the flu season.

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