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Flu season off to early, fast start

Flu season off to early, fast start

Despite this new information, health experts say it's still important to get your flu shot.

'We don't know what's going to happen but there's a chance we could have a season similar to Australia, ' Dr. Daniel Jernigan, influenza chief at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press.

Health Canada has reported increased levels of both influenza A and B this year with 2,080 confirmed cases as of late November, and noted that the levels of influenza B were as high as they usually are in mid-February. You might need it if you find yourself battling the flu. Vaccinating as many people as possible can decrease the amount of the flu in the community this winter.

For more information visit the CDC's Disease Burden of Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness webpages.

If an individual doesn't do anything about symptoms and tries to push through having the flu, the result could be hospitalization or even death, Crow said.

The vaccine used in the Southern Hemisphere has the same composition of the one used in North America.

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In other words, we already have a problem with getting a good match between the vaccine and the virus, and growing the vaccine in eggs may make the match worse, including with this H3N2 strain.

The study explains "vaccine mismatches" occur when circulating influenza strains change after the decision about vaccine composition is made, which can lead to reduced effectiveness.

Flu is most unsafe for people over age 65, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions such as asthma or heart disease.

Deti cautions that the county data is often inaccurate because many people do not go to the doctor when they have the flu and those who do often don't get officially tested and diagnosed. "The best flu vaccine is the one that you get". Those at risk for the flu include elders older than 65 and children younger than 5.

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.

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