Flu Season off to a fast start

Flu season hits Massachusetts early as experts worry vaccine won't match dominant strain

Flu vaccine may only be 10 percent effective, experts warn

Getting a flu vaccine is more convenient than ever.

"Our pharmacists are on the frontlines of healthcare in the communities they serve, and when it comes to fighting the flu, as certified immunizers, they can be a patient's first line of defense", stated Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy.

But this year's flu vaccine is much less effective than in previous years, meaning those who are vaccinated against the flu may still get sick.

It's why he and others advise to not dismiss the flu shot.

As for reports that the vaccine is only 10 percent effective this year, Tebb says it may be too early to crunch those numbers.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established National Influenza Vaccination Week in 2005 to raise awareness about the importance of flu vaccination, even after the end of November. But the article applies to studies conducted in Australia, not the United States.

The Journal noted that another factor in the vaccine's ineffectiveness this year is the way it's made, using eggs to grow the strains.

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the "nasal spray" flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2017-2018 flu season. Parents also need to know when to keep kids home.

As of now, cases of the flu in Virginia are sporadic, and there has not been a local or widespread outbreak. This is why hand-washing is especially vital this year.

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