Verify: If The Flu Shot Is 10% Effective, Should You Get It?

Verify: If The Flu Shot Is 10% Effective, Should You Get It?

"One, 10% is still better than none and also when it's less effective you nearly really do need to get it because now we really need to make sure that as many people that we can are resistant to the virus", said Dr. Hetal Thakore, Medical Director, Doctors Hospital. At this same time previous year, there were not any.

Emmanuel Kwadwo Tinkorang, has given the assurance that the Influenza Type A (swine flu) outbreak at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School (KUMACA) was now under control.

"It works more effectively in younger people than in older people, but none the less even if it's only partially effective it's important because even if you get the flu despite getting the vaccine your illness is much more likely to be milder, you are less likely to get the complications", the doctor added.

Beth Lantrip, infection preventionist with Hendrick Medical Center, said that in Public Health Region 2/3 - which includes Abilene - the current Influenza Activity Level is "Local", above "Minimal" and "Sporadic", but below "Regional" and "Widespread".

As of December 2, 2017, the DPOH reported being aware of 46 lab-confirmed flu cases in the state, with 15 associated this same time last season, there were 42 confirmed cases, with 15 associated hospitalizations.

So far, there have been 612 influenza-related hospitalizations reported this season, and no reports of pediatric deaths from influenza.

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Four students died of the flu and 81 others fell sick and had to receive treatment at the hospital. "Viruses mutate, we could see different strains here than they saw during their season".

The county reminds its residents there is no live virus in flu shots and the vaccine can not cause the flu.

Another study published in the summer of 2016 showed that people 50 years and older who got a flu vaccine reduced their risk of getting hospitalized from flu by 57 percent.

According to CDC numbers, vaccine effectiveness usually ranges from around 40 to 60-percent, but they do occasionally dip in certain seasons when the vaccine created doesn't match well with the type of flu circulating. "But it is a wise choice - it's a healthy choice".

"Getting your annual flu vaccine is still your first and best line of defense against the influenza virus", said Dr. Rattay. Go to to find a location near you where you can get vaccinated.



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