Today is Wednesday May 22, 2019

 

Flu Shot- Should I get it?

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This year’s flu season arrived earlier and stronger compared to previous years. Thus far, 24 states and New York City are reporting high levels of flu infections. The State of New York and the City of Boston have already declared public health emergencies because of the high number of hospitalizations and deaths from the flu and its complications.

Surprisingly, those who have already gotten the flu shot are also getting the flu. A recent CDC report revealed that this year’s flu shot is only 62% effective. Usually, that rate is higher, between 70% and 90%.

But one flu shot can’t cover every flu virus. Experts predict what strains of the flu virus we’ll need the most protection from. They do this every year by analyzing what type of flu virus afflicts common animal carriers, like migratory birds and pigs. Those experts were mostly correct; this year’s vaccine does cover the H3N2 virus, which is a major flu culprit this season. However, there are other strains that they did not anticipate, which are now affecting even those who got the flu shot.

 

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