Expect a Bad Flu Season

Experts Say the Flu Shot is 10 Percent Effective

Nationally, three states, in addition to MA, are seeing widespread cases of the flu.

Goudreau agrees with the authors' suggestion that research should continue to develop a better and more effective universal flu vaccine created to decrease illness and death. Flu season is underway and it's already widespread in four states, including Georgia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, several strains of influenza virus are in circulation.

It's that time of year.

Skiest said people can avoid numerous complications associated with the virus by getting the shot.

However, 6 percent of the cases with serious flu complications reported in the previous flu season involved people with chronic liver disease, so those people should also be aware of the increased risk, Lo said.

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Both the CDC and the Department of Public Health stress getting a flu shot.

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

"The absolute best thing you can do to prevent illness, hospitalizations and even death from flu complications, is to get your flu shot", said Dr. Levine.

The New England Journal of Medicine says this year's shot is only about 10% effective against the strain that hit Australia the hardest, which is the one we're expecting to get. "It is not an understatement to say their lives may depend on you". "Now, they should get it sooner rather than later, because it takes about two weeks for it to become effective".

Flu shots are available at more than 300 locations around Vermont.

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