Putting off the flu vaccine? Here are 5 Flu vaccine myths debunked

Ellen Mills
December 1, 2017

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, two people have died from the flu within the last week.

The production of universal vaccines entails no such risk.

The numbers in Oklahoma are already worse than past year. Australia had a really bad flu season, Fauci said, and they used a similar vaccine to what has been released in the U.S. this flu season. Study authors attributed this to the fact that 2009 monovalent pandemic vaccine did not become widely available until well after the peak of influenza illness had occurred. The vaccine that the Australians received was only 10 percent effective.

The flu vaccine used this year in Australia - which has the same composition as the vaccine used in the US - was only 10 percent effective, according to a preliminary estimate, at preventing the strain of the virus that predominantly circulated during the country's flu season, an global team of medical experts wrote in a perspective published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Elizabeth Scott and her son, Anderson, get a flu shot every year, but she knows that it's not always helpful.

"But this mutation we identified could be used to make that component of the vaccine a little stronger, thereby improving vaccine efficacy", Pekosz says. Viruses have a tendency to mutate over time, which makes the vaccine less effective.

Experts say 19 Oklahomans had to be hospitalized between November 22 and November 28 due to the flu. "The flu can spread like wildfire, and these settings can act just like kindling".

Myth 4. Flu season is annoying but can't cause major harm. The highest number of hospitalizations was reported among people older than 50, as well as children younger than 5 - groups that are at greater risk of severe illness and complications due to flu.

Doctors worry the flu will be more severe this year, and the vaccine will be not as effective. While still in development, the candidate vaccines would train the human immune system to recognize components of the virus that are common to all influenza strains and don't change from year to year as they crisscross the globe.

"Last year, we both got the flu shot and then we both got the flu", Scott said.

The flu can be a serious virus, and understanding that your vaccination may not keep you from getting sick is important.

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