Five Die From The Flu In NC

Faith Castro
December 1, 2017

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, co-authored the perspective with other researchers from NIAID and experts at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia. 24 Spokane County residents have been hospitalized with flu this season, compared to nine during the same period past year.

Doctors worry the flu will be more severe this year, and the vaccine will be not as effective. The influenza A virus was the most common flu strain.

On a good year, vaccines are 50 to 60 percent effective. Americans are receiving the same vaccine.

So, the warning that was just put out that this year's vaccine may not be that effective didn't phase her. That is why health officials are predicting that America will have a bad flu season.

Experts are also concerned about other strains of the flu viruses circulating that are particularly hard on older adults, Danuta Skowronski, an influenza epidemiologist at the British Columbia Center for Disease Control, told STAT. Scientists manipulate these home-grown viruses to make them benign, or create a chemical lookalike, which-in the form of a vaccine-gives our immune systems a head start to prepare itself for future microbial invaders.

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According to the New England Journal of Medicine, from 2005-2014, 40,000 deaths were averted by getting a vaccine. Researchers vociferate that this directs towards a prospective intrinsic defect in the way flu vaccines are produced.

The production of universal vaccines entails no such risk. The vaccine is made from genetically-engineered proteins.

However flawed though present day influenza vaccines represented a priceless public health tool, and getting vaccinated is the right step as compared to not getting vaccinated at all, the corresponding worldwide team of medical specialists accentuated, however, in the viewpoint.

FACT: The flu vaccine isn't manufactured with a live virus, so it can not cause the flu. However, Reuters reports the life-saving drug must undergo years of clinical trials before it could be accessible to the general public.

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