Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

This year's flu season might not be welcoming, some medical experts apprise

This year's flu season might not be welcoming, some medical experts apprise

"The flu season is building", Bregier said.

So, the warning that was just put out that this year's vaccine may not be that effective didn't phase her.

"The Centers for Disease Control has said we can expect a pretty, pretty heavy flu season", Dr. Robert Czwalina said.

Health officials say the deaths of two people due to influenza are the first flu-related deaths in Oklahoma this season. Their vaccine, which has the same composition as the one we use here in the USA, was estimated to be only about 10% effective.

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

The number of flu cases is relatively high for this time of year, and public health officials are concerned there will be a high risk of spreading the flu during the holiday season.


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. "It may be a bad flu season, and in particular, in a bad season, you want to get every bit of protection you can".

Between 2005 and 2014, flu vaccines averted 40,000 deaths in the United States alone.

The vaccines do have other benefits and can protect against other deadly flu strains, and this year, we might need all the help we can get.

"As we prepare for a potentially severe influenza season, we must consider whether our current vaccines can be improved", Fauci and his coauthors wrote. A pair of studies published this year have turned up strong evidence that when vaccine makers use eggs as a medium for the propagation of viruses - the dominant production method, and one that has changed little in decades - mutations are introduced that reduce the vaccine's effectiveness.

The production of universal vaccines entails no such risk.

On average, they're about 35 percent effective.

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