Terrifying Signs That the Flu Vaccine Is Totally Bogus

Number of flu cases in Missouri still in thousands but slowly decreasing

That's because the vaccine is more effective against other types of the flu that are also now circulating.

The FDA convenes a panel annually to analyze what will make up next flu season's vaccine.

"I do think that the worst is behind us, but we continue to follow (flu cases) closely", said Dr. Marielle Fricchione, medical director of the immunization program at the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Although the current vaccine is only about 25% effective against that particular strain, vaccination can still prevent thousands of cases of influenza, according to CDC.

It looks like the nasty flu season we've been experiencing is leveling off, according to the Maryland Department of Health.

The number of influenza and pneumonia related deaths in Texas during this flu season is 4,153, which includes deaths due to pneumonia being caused by flu. H3N2 is one of the strains contained in this year's flu vaccine along with two or three others, depending on the vaccine.

As part of this process, we're striving to better understand why we saw reduced effectiveness of this year's influenza vaccines against one strain of influenza A, called H3N2.

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Unlike traditional flu vaccines, which use a form of the flu that is already dead, "attenuated influenza" vaccines actually contain a live flu virus, albeit in a drastically weakened state.

In a statement, he said an analysis of the data is still underway, but it may have some clues on effectiveness of cell-based and egg-based vaccines and may shed light on effectiveness of high-dose and adjuvanted version of the vaccines in seniors, as compared to standard flu vaccine. "The vaccine is never flawless, but is does appear to still have some protectiveness to it". "Unfortunately, there will be another flu season to come".

The percentage of visits for influenza-like illnesses dropped from 13 percent to 11 percent of overall visits, according to reporting hospitals and clinics in the most recent DSHS report. One theory is that people might require a higher amount of H3N2 antigen to elicit a proper immune response to that particular strain of influenza.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is starting to work on next season's flu vaccine, and it wants to make sure it's more effective than this year's.

The proportion of visits to the doctor for flu-like symptoms also dipped to 6.4 percent of medical appointments for the week ended February 17, according to the CDC. The WHO recommends vaccination for worldwide travelers for 21 Brazilian states, and the group is closely monitoring for signs that new areas are at risk. Both are misconceptions, including pregnant women shouldn't get vaccinated and the vaccine actually gives you flu.

"We're planning for the flu all year", Powell said.

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