Doctors: Get Flu Shot Despite Questions of Effectiveness

Doctors: Get Flu Shot Despite Questions of Effectiveness

Doctors: Get Flu Shot Despite Questions of Effectiveness

Flu season is here, and so are the latest numbers from the Washington State Health Department.

The flu is raging in Oklahoma, compared to other states. Some experts say it is early in the season and may be too soon to say just how effective the vaccine is. "There should be a flu vaccine out there that is suitable for everybody in that age range". Eggs are not used in universal flu vaccines. If a universal flu vaccine is available, then scientists will not have to worry about trying to find the right strain.

For every vaccination administered at your local Walgreens pharmacy, Walgreens will donate the value of a lifesaving vaccine to people in developing countries as part of our Get a Shot, Give a Shot campaign with the UN Foundation, which has provided more than 20 million polio and measles vaccines.

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 US, was only ten percent effective.

"Flu can be a deadly illness that needs to be addressed", said Lutz.

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Though researchers are working hard behind the scenes to develop more effective vaccines, you should still aim to be proactive about your health. Last year, the vaccines were only 34 percent effective. The vaccine greatly reduces the chances of contracting the virus and, if contracted, may make the symptoms milder. "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.

If you do end up getting the flu, doctors we spoke to suggest taking Tamiflu or Relenza; both can shorten the time that you're sick.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

Medical professionals hope this doesn't discourage people from getting their flu shots. When someone gets sick, they mistakenly believe the vaccine was the cause.

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