This year's flu season may be rougher than normal, as early reports show that the vaccine is only 10 percent effective.
The vaccine may have been bad for the strains that are spreading this year, according to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine. This year's vaccine is proving to be about 10 percent effective, and Australia – which uses the same type of vaccine and usually has its flu season during the American summer – is seeing the record numbers of cases and most hospitalizations. high than usual, according to KMOV.
Four states already have extensive flu activity, while last year there was no actual spread at this point, according to NBC News. The dominant strain seems to be H3N2, which causes a more serious disease than others.
From seasonal flu causes 3-5 million severe cases and up to half a million deaths worldwide each year. I know. UU They see 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 to 56,000 deaths each year from the flu.
However, even an imperfect vaccine can help prevent or lessen the severity of the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated.