Experts saying this years flu vaccine is 10% effective

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"One, 10% is still better than none and also when it's less effective you nearly really do need to get it because now we really need to make sure that as many people that we can are resistant to the virus", said Dr. Hetal Thakore, Medical Director, Doctors Hospital.

Paulina Rodriquez, infection control practitioner at Abilene Regional Medical Center, said that cases are tracking similarly to previous year.

Emmanuel Kwadwo Tinkorang, has given the assurance that the Influenza Type A (swine flu) outbreak at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School (KUMACA) was now under control.

Dr Michael Osterholm, who directs The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Business Insider that the vaccine is, at best, around 10 percent effective on H3N2.

Health officials recommend that everyone six months and older should be vaccinated annually to prevent influenza illness in themselves and others.


Haman doesn't understand why our state is seeing such an increase in the flu this early, but he's definitely pushing for one thing--the flu shot.

During last year's flu season, 4,590 cases of flu were reported, about half of which were from New Castle County. The programme was meant to help the media to correctly report on the flu, avoid sensationalism and misinformation that could create fear and panic among the people.

"The vaccine is more important than ever", he said.

The man died last week at a local hospital, officials said.

"Even in seasons when the vaccine is not a great match to the circulating flu strains, a flu shot is still the best protection an individual can get to protect not only against influenza disease but also from severe illness, hospitalization and death from flu-related complications".


Dr. Shaffner says this year's vaccine is good, but it's never ideal.

DE officials say a 47-year-old man from New Castle County is the first flu-related death of the season. Go to https://www.vaccinefinder.org to find a location near you where you can get vaccinated.

The CDC notes that the flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women as well as breastfeeding mothers, who can reduce their risk of catching the flu and passing it on to their infants by receiving a flu shot.

In addition, you should clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often, especially if someone is sick.


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