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'Flu-pocalypse' Predicted Due To Ineffective Flu Shots, Doctors Say

'Flu-pocalypse' Predicted Due To Ineffective Flu Shots, Doctors Say

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned Wednesday that the United States could experience a "relatively severe influenza season". Even though our vaccine is the same as Australia's, it's still recommended to get a flu shot. "That's what happened in Australia and it is likely that that's what we're going to see here".

MYTH 1: You can get sick from the flu vaccine.

"Definitely last week, when everyone was out for Thanksgiving and exposed to people coming from out of state and a lot more cold weather, we saw a huge uptick in it", said Remedios.

Universal flu vaccines could make the yearly flu shot - not to mention the yearly guessing game about which viral strains to match - a thing of the past.

One rationale for the arduous flu season may be that this year's presently developed vaccine may have disparate to the flu drain may have wound up propagating creating the vaccinations unproductive at intercepting the outbreak.

And this year, experts say the flu virus might end up being more intense than it has been in the past and the flu vaccine might not be as strong as expected.

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That could change, since flu season typically peaks between December and February. Across the globe, there are an estimated 3 million to 5 million severe flu cases each year and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths.

The non-varying parts of the vaccine are made from a special cold-adapted H2N2 strain that is known to contain mutations that slow its replication at the temperatures found in the human nose and throat. The flu shot, which boasts a 40% effectiveness rate on an average year, only appeared to be about 10% this year.

"People need to do what they can to keep themselves safe", Stevenson said. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.

The enhanced activity of the virus also led to a jump in production, in infected cells, of the immune protein interferon lambda, indicating an increased immune response. Viruses have a tendency to mutate over time, which makes the vaccine less effective. And many of those who do get it will have a shorter course of illness, he said.


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