Medical doctors brace for unsafe flu season resulting from ineffective pictures

This actual sneeze shows how far droplets travel transporting the flu virus to counters or doorknobs. Credit CDC  James Gathany

This actual sneeze shows how far droplets travel transporting the flu virus to counters or doorknobs. Credit CDC James Gathany

Flu viruses change from year to year, so it's important to get a flu shot each flu season. "We urge everyone who hasn't received the flu vaccine, particularly those at high risk for complications related to the flu, to check with their regular health care professional, local health departments or other vaccine providers".

So far, the country has seen record-high numbers of influenza cases and higher-than-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, The New England Journal of Medicine reported.

In Australia, which can be an indicator of what to expect for Canada's flu season, the shot provided minimal success when it comes to protecting people from the virus.

Doctors still want you to get the shot, though. First, the CDC reports that available vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses. Because it takes about two weeks for the body to develop protective antibodies against the flu following vaccination, Kentuckians who have not had a chance to be vaccinated should seek out the opportunity now.

Flu season is underway, and health officials say there are signs the vaccination may only be 10 percent effective against the main strain. There are still 58 of those vaccines available.

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Avoid close contact with sick people.

CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

Past year saw 231,354 doses of vaccine taken. Only injectable influenza vaccine formulations will be distributed in the United States. "Those would include fever, cough, sore throat, runny, stuffy nose, fatigue, any kind of chills they may be having".

The costs of flu vaccines vary on insurance plans, but many planes cover the vaccines at no cost, according to Crow.

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