But about this year's vaccine: Health authorities are still absolutely clear that getting a vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu, but the New England Journal of Medicine offers some less-than-great news about this vaccine's effectiveness. Last year, the state had 15 flu-related deaths, most among the elderly.
Flu vaccinations are available at state public health offices statewide for insured and uninsured residents while supplies last. More schools are interested in participating next Fall.
Influenza activity is rising across the US with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting recent widespread activity in several states.
The paper also noted that the flu vaccine "mismatch" seen in Australia this year could be related to the way most flu vaccines are now made: using chicken eggs to "grow" the flu virus strains.
This year's predominant strain, H3N2, historically has produced more severe seasons. Per the Navarro Regional Hospital Quality Director, Cassie Carter, RN, symptoms of the flu most often include: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle ache and fatigue. The CDC estimates that 40% to 50% of people who get vaccinated might still get the flu.
USA health officials said they are concerned the upcoming flu season could be a bad one, based on reports from the Southern Hemisphere, where the flu season recently ended for the year.
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The study points out seasonal flu causes between 300,000 and 500,000 deaths globally each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Anyone can get the flu, regardless of age, race, gender, or ethnicity, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Some people who are vaccinated may still catch the flu, but have a milder illness.
Flu season is expected to peak around Christmas.
He also suggests for older folks to ask for the higher dose of the flu shot, since your immune system isn't as strong.
So, even though flu season has already started, it's not too late to get vaccinated but don't delay since it can take up to 2 weeks for immunity.