Flu Season Expected To Be A Bad One

Flu Season Expected To Be A Bad One

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

The possibility of a "flu-pocalypse" is being talked about after record numbers of patients were diagnosed with influenza in Australia, whose flu season just ended. He stated that the United States could have a bad flu season. This approach usually provides effective coverage from the flu for most vaccine recipients-well, 40 to 60% of the time, which is pretty good in terms as far as vaccine coverage goes. On Oct. 3, it was announced that Oxford University's Jenner Institute and Vaccitech, a biotech company, are developing a potential universal flu vaccine.

"The experience in Australia was that the flu vaccine was not as effective as we would like this year, and there was a lot of influenza", said Dr. Joseph Garner with Hartford HealthCare. The authors stated rather than focusing on short-term improvements of the common vaccine, they instead hope "to achieve the ultimate objective of a universal influenza vaccine" through using a diverse group of experts and resources. Eggs are not used in universal flu vaccines.

"Unfortunately, this is an example of how serious flu can be", said Dr. "We're not saying it's a great vaccine", Bregier said. And most health plans are required to cover the vaccine as well as number of other vaccinations.




FACT: Simply put, the flu vaccine is the best protection you can get.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

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.

Elizabeth Scott and her son, Anderson, get a flu shot every year, but she knows that it's not always helpful. Staying healthy during the winter can be a challenge, but simply getting vaccinated and following the basic rules of hygiene you learned as a kid could make all the difference.

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