It's better to stock chicken soup this year. You may need it if you are fighting the flu.
According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, this year's flu vaccine is only 10% effective against influenza A (H3N2).
to Australia to measure the effectiveness of the vaccine and the severity of the flu was directed towards us.
So far, the country has seen a record number of influenza cases and higher than average hospitalizations and deaths, The New English Journal of Medicine.
According to the World Health Organization, the United States typically sees 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations related to influenza and 12,000 to 56,000 deaths each year. Younger, very old and people with existing medical conditions are at greater risk.
According to Quartz, the annual flu vaccine development process begins several months before each influenza season. The researchers meet at the World Health Organization to identify strains of the influenza virus that they believe will infect people in the northern hemisphere. Their findings are based on what made people sick in the most recent flu season in the southern hemisphere. This approach generally provides effective coverage -40% to 60% -of the flu.
This year, however, the virus seems to have mutated, which makes the vaccine only 10% effective.
Experts say that a vaccine is less effective can still reduce the severity of the flu.
It is estimated that flu vaccines helped prevent 40,000 deaths between 2005 and 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.