The CDC reported that, "The overall vaccine effectiveness (VE) of the 2017-2018 flu vaccine against both influenza A and B viruses is estimated to be 40 percent". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, called last year's influenza outbreak "a high severity season" across all age groups.
These are meager efforts when compared to the roughly $1 billion spent annually on developing an HIV vaccine and the many billions that have been spent on vaccines for the Zika and Ebola viruses, which have little relevance to Americans.
The health unit is reminding everyone that the best way to protect against the influenza virus and lower your risk of flu is to get the flu vaccine. Depending on how good the selections of strains are, during a given flu season the effectiveness can vary widely.
Smith, who also noticed last year's flu season was more severe, wanted to stress some of the myths that surround the vaccine as well.
Flu viruses are constantly changing.
The Florida Department of Health in Bay is offering free flu vaccines following Hurricane Michael. "Don't go visit your grandpa or grandma in a long-term care home if you feel like you're sick, because you're going to be taking it into a vulnerable population". "He had no side effects and I felt better knowing that he was protected especially when I heard stories of people I know getting the flu, feeling really unwell and ending up in hospital over the Christmas period". "Nursing teams in schools right across the county are also busy administering the flu vaccine to school pupils, and I hope that as many eligible children as possible take up the vaccine".
But exactly how strong the shot should be, and whether additional injections would boost immunity, requires more study.
Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for independence and wellbeing, said: "Flu on top of existing health conditions increases the chance of serious health complications". "Influenza and pneumonia. We see an epidemic every year of influenza". The CDC provides vaccine estimates several times throughout the season, and typically early estimates are reported in February and the full season estimates come in June, Ambrose says.