With flu season approaching, it's time for vaccination

With flu season approaching, it's time for vaccination

With flu season approaching, it's time for vaccination

Dr Anthony Fauci told WTOP: "What happened is, in the development of the vaccine, as we grow it in eggs, the virus itself mutated a bit, so that there was nearly an accidental mismatch purely on the basis of the virus trying to adapt itself to growing in eggs, which is the way you make the vaccine".

She said a flu vaccine helps more than the person receiving the shot.

Unfortunately, the flu vaccine available in the United States this year was only 10 percent effective in preventing illness from H3N2. The situation in Australia suggests this flu season could be even worse.

An infectious disease specialist says this year's vaccine is not getting the job done.

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Campbell County began reporting flu cases in September and October, which is earlier than previous year, Public Health Director Jane Glaser said. Those at risk for the flu include elders older than 65 and children younger than 5. However, while vaccinated people can still get sick, generally they get a milder and less unsafe form of the illness.

"There's very little downside to getting vaccinated and if anything that's going to be your only way to really protect yourself especially because with the holidays, the congregation of people and family getting together and things like that", said Dr. Shivani Reddy of Kaiser Permanente.

There have been five deaths in total across the province - four more than previous year. Since then, a handful of people have come to Public Health with flu-like symptoms and were referred to their doctors for diagnosis and treatment.

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The vaccine now being administered to Americans uses the same formulation.

And for those anxious about allergies from eggs used in the production process, two more vaccines are egg-free.

While the outlook for the USA flu season is grim, Dr. Fauci maintained that Americans should still take the time to get a vaccination.

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