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CDC predicts bad flu season

06 December 2017, 03:23 | Melissa Porter

Flu vaccine may only be 10 percent effective, experts warn

Flu season hits Massachusetts early as experts worry vaccine won't match dominant strain

"However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated", the team noted.

"Our pharmacists are on the frontlines of healthcare in the communities they serve, and when it comes to fighting the flu, as certified immunizers, they can be a patient's first line of defense", stated Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. This after the vaccine wouldn't work on several strains of flu in South America.

Health officials are warning that the flu season could be bad and that it's coming early.

Health experts say this year's vaccine is only believed to be 10% effective.


The flu season occurs during the fall and winter months. But the article applies to studies conducted in Australia, not the United States. Last year's vaccine was 42 percent effective.

"I don't want to risk getting it myself because as far as what I've seen them go through it's a pretty bad deal and I don't want to feel like that, let alone bring it home to my kids or my family", Chamberlin said.

National influenza immunization week hits just as flu cases are beginning to increase in the Tri-State.

Clean - Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water. Plus, it helps protect people and babies who can't the flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control's effectiveness studies measure laboratory-confirmed flu illnesses that result in a doctor's visit or those that result in hospitalization.



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