2 more flu deaths in North Carolina raise death toll to 5

01 December, 2017, 06:34 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Making vaccines isn't always a straightforward process

More than 100 people have now been hospitalized this season with flu in Oklahoma, and, in the past week, the first two deaths from the illness in the state are reported.

Dr. Garner says even though the flu vaccine is still being adjusted to hour version of the flu strain, it is still the best defense against the illness. The vaccine promotes antibody protection within two weeks.

There are not any risks associated with developing a universal flu vaccine. And most health plans are required to cover the vaccine as well as number of other vaccinations. A universal flu vaccine would eliminate the need for annual shots, as well as attack both pandemic and seasonal strains of the influenza virus.

Elizabeth Scott and her son, Anderson, get a flu shot every year, but she knows that it's not always helpful.

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

The flu typically causes a fever, cough, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, headache, body aches, chills and fatigue.

Flu vaccines are created to protect against the most common flu viruses.

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"The vaccine is still the best bet we have, the best tool we have", Poursina says. Current vaccines are developed based on the previous year's flu strain, which creates a high chance of a mismatch.

Brace yourself for a rough flu season. Oftentimes, there is a delay in the onset of the virus in different parts of the country. "It doesn't prevent the flu, but it does protect against the flu so now's the time to get your flu shot", Navarrette said.

Myth 4. Flu season is annoying but can't cause major harm.

One preliminary estimate shows the vaccine this year to be only 10 percent effective. There are also immune-boosting influenza vaccines for those aged 65 and above, and preservative-free versions for pregnant women or those who are allergic to mercury.

FACT: Influenza certainly does not discriminate.

To create a vaccine for each flu strain, manufacturers grow billions of WHO-selected viruses in chicken eggs, STAT reports.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates there are between 3,000 and nearly 50,000 flu related deaths each year.

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