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Last chance to get flu shot before holiday travel

Last chance to get flu shot before holiday travel

Dr Anthony Fauci told WTOP: "What happened is, in the development of the vaccine, as we grow it in eggs, the virus itself mutated a bit, so that there was nearly an accidental mismatch purely on the basis of the virus trying to adapt itself to growing in eggs, which is the way you make the vaccine". Second, the recommendation to NOT use the nasal spray vaccine has been renewed this year - only injectable flu shots should be used for all populations.

The flu season has not yet brought any surprises, Hoyano said.

Flu season is underway, and health officials say there are signs the vaccination may only be 10 percent effective against the main strain.

The numbers also show vaccinations are ahead of last year's pace. CDC's Jernigan cautions there's no good way to predict how bad the upcoming flu season will be.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health confirms 105 people have been hospitalized for the flu since September 1 in Oklahoma including two people who died during the last reporting period, the week ending last Thursday.

An infectious disease specialist says this year's vaccine is not getting the job done.

That H3N2 strain caused infections here previous year, too. Those at risk for the flu include elders older than 65 and children younger than 5.

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Deti cautions that the county data is often inaccurate because many people do not go to the doctor when they have the flu and those who do often don't get officially tested and diagnosed.

"We've distributed a ton of flu vaccine this year and the demand from pharmacists and physicians has been very high", Hoyano said.

CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. Even a vaccine with limited effectiveness will protect some people from getting the flu.

You better stock up on chicken soup this year.

In Australia, which can be an indicator of what to expect for Canada's flu season, the shot provided minimal success when it comes to protecting people from the virus.

If you're 65 or older, there are two vaccine options created to boost immune response.

Anyone can get the flu, regardless of age, race, gender, or ethnicity, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.