Signs show flu shot is 10% effective against one strain

Signs show flu shot is 10% effective against one strain

But Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and one of the co-authors of the article, said in a phone interview Tuesday that he wanted to make one thing clear: some protection is better than no protection. The dominant strain appears to be H3N2, which causes more severe illness than others.

182 area residents reported the flu this week, 78 more than the previous week, officials said.

Flu cases almost doubled in San Diego in the past week, County Health Officials reported Wednesday.

An especially rough flu season could be on the way and health officials say this year's flu vaccine may not be effective. The flu virus in now widespread in Georgia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older receive the flu vaccine each year. Flu reporting is largely voluntary and often inconsistent, Bennett said, so the weekly surveillance reports are "just a snapshot" that, examined over time, reveal seasonal trends.

"We have seen a little bit of an increase over the last couple of weeks, but nothing that stands out significantly", Mendez said. Symptoms can also include body aches, headache, chills, runny nose and feeling very exhausted. Symptoms can last a week to 10 days.

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Five people have already died from the flu, so far this flu season in North Carolina.

For folks who did, and folks who didn't get their shot this year, they all had similar reactions. "We'll be prepared either way".

"There is actually a medicine that can help with the flu called Tamiflu, but it only works if you take it in the first day or two that you've been sick", according to Martindale.

Dr. Lopez says one reason is because not everybody responds to the vaccine. "Hand washing is extremely important".

"This is the time to get a flu shot", said Mills.

Dr. Schleiss says those at an elevated risk from the flu can also ask their doctors about the enhanced potency influenza vaccine.