The 10 percent figure is mainly due to the fact that the flu virus that hit Australia this year, whose flu season coincides with the US summertime, was the H3N2 strain.
'Immunization programs should work with community leaders to promote vaccination, ensure all members have access to flu vaccination, and ensure that all members understand the importance of flu vaccination in preventing disease, ' the authors said. "It's available, it's out there and there's really no reason why anyone doesn't get the flu shot".
A nurse administers a flu vaccine shot. More than double the number of cases are being reported compared to this time a year ago.
"Connecticut this week just reported its first case of a death related to influenza in the state, so it certainly can have pretty severe consequences", said UConn Health Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases Dr. Kevin Dieckhaus.
In addition to your annual flu shot, you can protect yourself by washing your hands often and avoiding people with cold or flu symptoms.
"They have a less tropical climate, one that's more like ours", Patel said in a news release. And that last season, Rigler continued, lasted unusually long, into the summer months, with 100 or more cases a week into June and July.
While Shelton also said it's too soon to tell about the flu season and the vaccine's effectiveness, she did note that there's concern over reports from Australia, which is now at the end of its flu season, about a severe outbreak.
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Last year's vaccine was 39% failproof when it comes to all flu viruses and just 32% effective against the H3N2 strains.
Although H3N2 is not as virulent as some other strains of flu, it mutates very easily, making it stronger against the body's immune system.
The vaccine can take up to two weeks to be fully effective.
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