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Reports show flu vaccine won't be effective

Reports show flu vaccine won't be effective

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.

"So, when those are very high, you know there's a good chance that the flu is high", said pediatrician Dr. Paul Remedios.

According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the flu vaccine used in Australia, that's pretty much the same as the one in the USA, was only ten percent effective.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported that two people older than 65 have died of influenza.

"You can get this flu shot pretty much everywhere right now". A universal flu vaccine would eliminate the need for annual shots, as well as attack both pandemic and seasonal strains of the influenza virus. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

At last check there has been only one lab confirmed flu death in Washington this season.

The flu season has just started in North America.

FACT: Simply put, the flu vaccine is the best protection you can get.

Symptoms of the flu included, fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and extreme fatigue.

"The vaccine is still the best bet we have, the best tool we have", Poursina says. "Increasing the number of people who receive a flu shot also helps those around them stay healthy, including seniors, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions that make them more vulnerable to serious flu complications".

"Getting the flu is an terrible experience".

Navarrette still suggests getting your flu shot to protect yourself and your family. This year, there is again an option for a Trivalent (3-strain) vaccine, which protects from the three most common flu strains, or the Quadrivalent (4-strain) vaccine, which includes one additional strain.

So far, 105 people have been hospitalized for the flu in Oklahoma.