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Oklahoma Health Officials Say 2 People Died Due To Influenza

Oklahoma Health Officials Say 2 People Died Due To Influenza

On Oct. 3, it was announced that Oxford University's Jenner Institute and Vaccitech, a biotech company, are developing a potential universal flu vaccine. The peak of flu season has occurred anywhere from late November through March. It may be several years before a universal flu vaccine is available.

Poursina says, given how severe the flu season is projected to be this year, he is strongly encouraging everyone to get the flu shot, regardless of its effectiveness.

Quadrivalent vaccine These flu vaccines protect against four strains of influenza-two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B. Including a second strain of influenza B provides broader protection.

On a good year, vaccines are 50 to 60 percent effective.

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.

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Medical professionals hope this doesn't discourage people from getting their flu shots. The result showed in principle that this mutation site, and perhaps others on the virus, may be used as "dimmer switches" to adjust the vaccine's strength up or down-so that it induces an immune response without also causing illness. The vaccine is made from genetically-engineered proteins.

"The flu season is building", Bregier said.

The flu season has just started in North America.

When it first recommended against using FluMist last year, the CDC said that the manufacturer had projected making as many as 14 million doses for the 2016-2017 flu season, about 8 percent of the total flu vaccine doses projected for the year. The influenza A virus was the most common flu strain.

The flu can be a serious virus, and understanding that your vaccination may not keep you from getting sick is important. Even worse, almost three-quarters of the 1,544 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu seen in the US since October 1 were of the H3N2 variety, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We're seeing now that the vast majority of the strains that are early-circulating now right now in the United States...are this H3N2, which historically is always the worse influenza, for example, than an H1N1", Fauci said.


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