CDC predicts bad flu season

Henrietta Brewer
December 6, 2017

Patients can simply stop by during regular hours and request a flu shot.

Heather Chamberlin got the flu vaccine during October just like she does every year.

The peak of last year's flu season occurred in February. This year, it seems, the scientists may have gotten it wrong, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

"Every year, there are deaths from influenza and pneumonia, and certainly, influenza is something to be concerned about", Sweeney said.

But this year's flu vaccine is much less effective than in previous years, meaning those who are vaccinated against the flu may still get sick.

The flu season is upon us and it's expected to be one of the worst. Last year's vaccine was 42 percent effective. A protein within the egg can modify the strain, making the vaccine less effective. The conclusion comes from a study in Australia, which uses the same vaccine as the United States.

"I don't want to risk getting it myself because as far as what I've seen them go through it's a pretty bad deal and I don't want to feel like that, let alone bring it home to my kids or my family", Chamberlin said.

In the United States, widespread cases are being reported in Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and MA.

According to the U.S. Preventive actions such as simply washing hands and covering the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing can guard against the flu. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual flu vaccine remains the "the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses".

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