Therefore, do you think it's worth getting a flu shot this year? Making predictions is typically tricky, but this year saw a record-breaking number of cases in Australia, where the vaccine was only about 10 percent effective against a particular strain of the virus that ran rampant.
Last week, officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported that two Oklahomans have died from the flu. The drug works best when taken right when you get sick, so seeing your doctor early is a good move, she said.
"The most predictable thing about flu is that it's unpredictable", Brammer said. "I believe there is a booster effect, although I can't prove that".
Lin, who chaired the meeting, said that doctors have reported that while hepatitis A vaccines have been administered to children older than 12 months, they are not included in subsidies for children's standard vaccinations, which might result in doctors being unable to apply for reimbursement of vaccination costs.
"Everybody's risk is different", Schwartz said.
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Doctors have been warning of a bad flu season in the USA because of what happened in Australia. Other groups who are at high risk include children 5 and younger, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.
The CDC confirmed flu cases in 2017 are at more than 7,000 right now, which is more than double what they were at this time past year. Qualifying children and adolescents can receive flu vaccine provided by the Texas Vaccines for Children program.
"We do see a predominance of the H3N2 virus that was common last season", Flannery said.
Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, said that vaccine effectiveness is not a simple measure.
"What's not measured is that, even if you get the flu in spite of the vaccine, your flu case is likely to be milder; you're less likely to have the complications of pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying", he said.
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