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01 December 2017, 06:35 | Myrtle Vega
Making vaccines isn't always a straightforward process
The state Department of Health and Human Services reports the latest deaths have raised the death toll for the 2017-2018 flu season to five.
Doctors say a typical flu season in Oklahoma usually runs from October to May.
Standard protocol in the United States now suggest that the best way to handle a potential flu case is to treat it immediately, rather than waiting for lab results. The vaccine may not be a flawless match to the flu strains circulating, but people who get it generally have less severe flu symptoms, even if they still get sick.
And this year, experts say the flu virus might end up being more intense than it has been in the past and the flu vaccine might not be as strong as expected. The authors stated rather than focusing on short-term improvements of the common vaccine, they instead hope "to achieve the ultimate objective of a universal influenza vaccine" through using a diverse group of experts and resources. It may be several years before a universal flu vaccine is available. Note that the nasal spray flu vaccine is no longer recommended due to a lack of proven effectiveness for preventing influenza.
While it's definitely good to be aware of the potentially rough flu season, Dr. Fauci stresses that there is no need to go full-on hazmat suit. And most health plans are required to cover the vaccine as well as number of other vaccinations. The vaccine greatly reduces the chances of contracting the virus and, if contracted, may make the symptoms milder.
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So, the warning that was just put out that this year's vaccine may not be that effective didn't phase her. "However imperfect, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated", wrote the authors of the perspective.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
"You can get this flu shot pretty much everywhere right now".
If you are lucky, the flu will only bring some temporary discomfort.
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