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That Flu Shot You Got This Year May Not Protect You. Here's Why

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"Flu season is here until possibly as late as May, and we anticipate an active flu season this year", said Sherry Gregory, RN, Infectious Disease Supervisor of the North Georgia Health District, based in Dalton. This year, it seems, the scientists may have gotten it wrong, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

The CDC recently issuing their report saying Louisiana in particular is suffering from a "widespread" threat.

Unfortunately, the flu vaccine available in the United States this year was only 10 percent effective in preventing illness from H3N2.

"Every year, there are deaths from influenza and pneumonia, and certainly, influenza is something to be concerned about", Sweeney said.

Medical experts say however imperfect the flu shots are, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated. He said this year's vaccine should work.

In Australia, it was an intense flu season and the vaccine was not very effective, health officials said. A protein within the egg can modify the strain, making the vaccine less effective. A universal vaccine would also eliminate the need for a yearly flu shot and the use of eggs to produce it. Other regions are reporting regional or localized outbreaks.

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