Season could be bad with vaccine's effectiveness in doubt

Season could be bad with vaccine's effectiveness in doubt

"So you put those two things together and it's reasonable to expect we're going to have a more severe flu season than usual".

"We think the very first flu that someone sees, either by vaccine or by infection, sets them on a course for the rest of their lives, potentially constraining the immune system to respond best to the strain they were first infected with", Creech said.

The U.S. sees 140,000 to 710,000 flu-related hospitalization each year and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization.

It is unclear yet if H3N2 will be the predominant flu strain to dominate the United States this year, but so far this strain has been responsible for the deaths due to flu from the winters of 2003-2004, 2007-2008, 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.

Primary care physician at Ascension's Providence Family Medicine Clinic, Tim Martindale, and Waco-McLennan County Public Health District Public Information Officer, Kelley Crain, both urge Central Texans to continue taking flu shots, despite the medical journal's report. "In fact, in a year where it's low effectiveness, it's even more important that everybody get it so we can get as much resistance and we don't allow the virus to thrive and grow and keep changing".

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There are also concerns that this year's flu shot may not be all that effective in preventing the respiratory illness. "It is also notable to state that over time the flu vaccine does wear off, making it necessary to receive it annually". Said Patsy Kelso with the Vermont Department of Health.

Nevertheless, the state is urging everyone to get a flu shot.

"We're seeing earlier cases, and the predominant strain is H3N2, which is different from prior seasons", he adds.

Researchers found antibodies elicited by the vaccine in ferrets and humans "did a poor job of neutralizing H3N2 viruses that circulated last year".

Almost 100 years ago, a horrific outbreak of influenza hit Philadelphia, infecting more than 47,000 residents. Anybody who develops the flu can pass it along to someone at high risk of severe illness, including the elderly and infants younger than 6 months old who are too young to get the vaccine. "And at the end of the day, to know that we might be able to protect the most vulnerable around us with a universal influenza vaccine - that's a reason to get excited about science". Nationwide since October 1, 566 have been hospitalized for influenza and 148 million doses of the flu vaccine have been distributed.

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