Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Flu vaccine believed to about 10% effective against influenza strain

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

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control listed Oklahoma as one of two states with widespread outbreak of the flu.

Flu does constantly evolve, forcing new vaccine to be brewed each year to match the strains specialists expect to cause most illness.

For Calgary's Laura Hampton, any protection against the flu is good protection when it comes to her one-year-old son Jack.

Flu season is underway, and health officials say there are signs the vaccination may only be 10 percent effective against the main strain.

"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", Dr. Anthony Fauci told WTOP.

For needle-phobes, there's a skin-deep vaccine that uses tiny needles, and a needle-free jet injector that shoots another vaccine through the skin.

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"We typically tend to see the rates really go up closer to the end of December, into January", said Dr. Even a vaccine with limited effectiveness will protect some people from getting the flu.

A year ago saw 231,354 doses of vaccine taken.

This year, the onslaught of a particularly deadly strain of the flu virus may lead to a harsher flu season than usual.

"We've distributed a ton of flu vaccine this year and the demand from pharmacists and physicians has been very high", Hoyano said.

And for those anxious about allergies from eggs used in the production process, two more vaccines are egg-free. The viral pieces used in these vaccines are not living organisms but genetically engineered proteins that can be grown and propagated in bacteria, making the use of eggs unnecessary.

The figure below shows peak flu activity for the United States by month for the 1982-1983 through 2015-2016 flu seasons.

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