Medicine

Is flu shot only 10 percent effective?

Is flu shot only 10 percent effective?

The declaration by the state's top health official sets off a requirement that health workers who have not been vaccinated against the flu wear masks in areas where they are likely to encounter patients.

There have been 612 flu-related hospitalizations reported, and no reports of pediatric deaths from influenza.

Lori Metzgar, RN, prepares a flu shot at Capital Care Pediatrics in Clifton Park last January.

Federal flu forecaster Dave Osthus at the Los Alamos National Laboratory told Business Insider that flu levels are looking a little higher than average for this time of year, but they're still within a normal range.

The CDC said between 291,000 and 646,000 people die from seasonal flu-linked respiratory illnesses.

Australia had not only record high numbers of flu cases, hospitalizations and deaths, but also a flu shot that doesn't seem to be a good match for the predominant strains. Over the last three seasons, there have been 19 pediatric flu deaths in NY and an average of 11,183 flu-related hospitalizations each season.

Tina Cass, infection control practitioner for Fairfield Medical Center, said the center has seen six flu-related hospitalizations since October this year.

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Koenig went on to say that while no vaccine can be guaranteed 100 percent effective, "a study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza". The authors estimated that the vaccine was only about 10 percent effective in Australia.

"Vaccination is the best way to protect against influenza, and is especially important for health care workers", Zucker said.

"We're only two months into the season so we don't know what's ahead of us", Yu said.

Most importantly, a flu shot won't ever give you the flu, since the virus that's injected is not live.

Researchers at the CDC analyzed the WHO's Global Health Estimate data from 1999 to 2015, including statistics from 33 countries that represent more than half of global population.

Flu symptoms, which can include fever, coughing, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue, generally don't pose serious consequences for many people, but can develop into more serious health problems like pneumonia or respiratory failure and can, at times, be fatal.


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