This year's flu vaccine may not be as effective at protecting people against one of the most common, nasty strains of the flu. At this time past year, there were 42 confirmed cases and 15 hospitalizations, health officials said.
While it's unclear what the implications of what's going on in Australia are for the Northern Hemisphere, medical professionals here in Iowa still express a high degree of confidence in the effectiveness of the flu vaccine.
So his teeth were set on edge by a recent study showing the effectiveness of this year's flu shot could be as low as 10 percent.
"It works more effectively in younger people than in older people, but none the less even if it's only partially effective it's important because even if you get the flu despite getting the vaccine your illness is much more likely to be milder, you are less likely to get the complications", the doctor added.
The World Health Organization (WHO) corrected the data on mortality from respiratory diseases associated with seasonal influenza. High flu activity has continued in 3 states - Louisiana, Mississippi, and SC - and laboratory testing of respiratory specimens shows that influenza A (H3N2) has continued to be predominant this flu season.
A study by the New England Journal of Medicine says the vaccine could only be 10-percent effective this flu season. But that doesn't mean you should forgo the shot.
So far, there have been 612 influenza-related hospitalizations reported this season, and no reports of pediatric deaths from influenza.
MI weather today: Last really warm day for a long time
By Friday morning , up to eight inches of snow has been forecast in the Scottish Highlands by STV weather presenter Sean Batty. National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Mead forecasts the cold and wintry weather headed to mid-Michigan.
The county says the vaccine is available at its Division of Health main clinic at 2716 W. Central.
This year, the ever-changing H3N2 virus may have become adapted to this year's vaccine.
But the reason the 2017 shot isn't preventing as many cases of the H3N2 strain is that while scientists were growing the virus in chicken eggs, that strain mutated. "But it is a wise choice - it's a healthy choice".
"Our ER director here at the hospital mentioned to me today that we've seen definitely in the last two weeks an increase in cases", said Christus St. Patrick's Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Timothy Haman.
Rodriquez said that even if you get vaccinated in January, February or March, it's much better than not being vaccinated at all.
Stay home if you are sick until you are fever free for 24 hours - with a temperature of less than 100◦ F (37.8◦ C), without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.