GCPH stresses importance of flu vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to get a flu vaccine by the end of October, but early December is still ahead of the typical flu season peak, which is usually between December and March.

However, Dr. Izaddoost said this is "fake news".

Experts say that if you do get the flu, it will likely be less severe if you have gotten a flu shot. Prior to that, the county had logged 34 cases in the entire nine weeks of this year's flu season.

"Even 10 percent effective is better than nothing, and a lot of it has to do with herd immunity - the more people are protected from it, the more other people will also be protected", Dr. Pardis Sabeti, a Harvard professor and infectious disease expert, told "CBS This Morning" last week. A year ago alone, the CDC estimated that the vaccine prevented 5.1 million flu illnesses. "This year, it started as early as September", Izaddoost said.

"Last year, we didn't see anything until nearly January and February".

We also researched bird flu strains by visiting a New England shoreline each year to take samples from birds that travel from the southern tip of South America and take a break to feed on horseshoe crabs.

What's more, American vaccine manufacturers look at the strain hitting Australia when producing the vaccines for the US, but that strain can mutate within the six to eight months the USA industry needs to produce the vaccines.

Positive RSV cases represent a third of all RSV tests administered by hospitals in the Yakima area. In 2016, the vaccine was 39% effective against all flu viruses and just 32% effective against the riskier H3N2 strain. "It mutates as it goes from person to person, that's why it's so hard to predict what season we'll have". The other half of the equation is the public's civic duty to help protect one another by getting the flu vaccination even if you don't think you need it.

Hospitalizations are on the rise for a common winter illness.

The vaccine's effectiveness was limited in Australia, only being about 10 percent effective against Influenza A (H3N2), which was the predominate virus experienced there. Instead, the flu vaccine acts by allowing your immune system to create the ability to fight the flu in case you are exposed. "Therefore, you have much more closeness between people, making them more contagious if they are ill, especially during the holidays".

  • Sylvester Abbott