Flu season has arrived and it could be a bad one

Flu season has arrived and it could be a bad one

Heather Chamberlin got the flu vaccine during October just like she does every year.

The flu season occurs during the fall and winter months.

Scientists are warning that this year's flu vaccine may not provide the protection you need.

According to the CDC, on average a flu vaccine is 37 percent effective. The Centers for Disease Control's effectiveness studies measure laboratory-confirmed flu illnesses that result in a doctor's visit or those that result in hospitalization.

"So far there aren't that many cases here in the NY area of influenza, but there will be", he said.

This is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and while experts say the vaccine may not be as effective this season as they had hoped, it can still minimize symptoms.

The virus is now widespread in four states.

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If you haven't gotten a flu shot yet, it's not too late, according to Denton County Public Health.

"Every year, there are deaths from influenza and pneumonia, and certainly, influenza is something to be concerned about", Sweeney said.

In the United States, widespread cases are being reported in Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and MA. "We always recommend the influenza vaccine".

The Journal noted that another factor in the vaccine's ineffectiveness this year is the way it's made, using eggs to grow the strains.

"It can be due to a change in what's circulating in the human population, or a change in the vaccine that leads to a mismatch" between the virus and the vaccine, Hirsch said.

But that doesn't mean you shouldn't go out and get your flu vaccine, Hirsch cautions. "We can't make a judgment on how effective it is at this point", said Rebb.

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