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Flu Vaccine: 62 Percent Effective This Season

Flu Vaccine Effectiveness in 2013

Abnormally bad cases of the flu have been circulating around the United States in 2012 and 2013. In response to the dangerous viral infections being witnessed, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) are reporting a 62 percent efficacy rate against the virus.

Larry Hill, regional public information officer for the Virginia Department of Health, tells Tide Water News:

“It is far from perfect, but still the best protection against the flu. Those who are vaccinated, but get the flu anyway, probably will have less severe illness.”

When scientists target the seasonal flu, they must choose which strain to attack. According to officials, the current flu vaccine is successfully targeting H3, a more powerful strain of flu compared to the H1 strain.

The flu vaccine is created one year ahead of time, which requires pharmacies to make an educated guess about which virus strain to target.

While the flu vaccine is typically an effective means for fighting off the flu, experts warn that a person’s own immune system and how it accepts the flu vaccination also plays a part in season flu protection.

Experts suggest that all high-risk groups receive the flu shot each year. Officials specifically recommend that infants, people with chronic illnesses, and senior citizens regularly receive the flu vaccination.

Even when a person who has received the flu shot contracts the flu, it is often a less severe case and symptoms tend to disappear more quickly.

Doctors warn that acquiring the necessary antibodies to fight of the flu can take upwards of two weeks. Anyone at risk of the flu should therefore receive the flu shot as early in the flu season as possible.

According to WebMD, flu symptoms typically include one or more of the following:

  • • fever (usually high)
  • • severe aches and pains in the joints and muscles and around the eyes
  • • generalized weakness
  • • ill appearance with warm, flushed skin and red, watery eyes
  • • headache
  • • dry cough
  • • sore throat and watery discharge from your nose

Anyone showing signs of the flu should visit their local doctor within 48 hours.

When the flu is contracted Tamiflu is given to help reduce the viruses stronghold over the body.

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