Flu shot may bring only some protection this year: disease expert

Flu shot may bring only some protection this year: disease expert

The "peak month of flu activity" is the month with the highest percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza virus infection during that influenza season. If so, it would extend a run of bad luck that began in 2014, when the available flu vaccines proved to be a poor match for the most common viruses in circulation. They could be several flu seasons off, but Fauci said he has "made this a high priority" in a budget that the Trump administration has targeted for 21 percent budget cut.

This year, however, the virus appears to have mutated rendering the vaccine only about 10% effective.

The numbers also show vaccinations are ahead of last year's pace.

Previous year saw 231,354 doses of vaccine taken.

Widespread flu activity is now in four states where a year ago there were none at this time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And many of those who do get it will have a shorter course of illness, he said. The very young, very old, and people with existing medical conditions are most at risk. However, while vaccinated people can still get sick, generally they get a milder and less unsafe form of the illness.

If someone is infected despite vaccination, generally they have a milder illness than if they'd skipped the shot, doctors have said.

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CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

"The sooner you get a shot, the better". Even a vaccine with limited effectiveness will protect some people from getting the flu.

The vaccine now being administered to Americans uses the same formulation.

USA health officials are bracing for a devastating flu season this winter that many people won't even be able to ward off with their annual flu shot.

If you're 65 or older, there are two vaccine options created to boost immune response.

While the outlook for the US flu season is grim, Dr. Fauci maintained that Americans should still take the time to get a vaccination.

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