Health Tip: Seasonal Flu Vaccine Fast Facts

Health officials stress getting vaccinated for the flu ASAP

Flu season is here: What you need to know as 60 cases reported in Colorado since June

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Researchers will work up to seven years on the project. The World Health Organization (WHO) took the decision to select two new influenza virus strains out of the four contained in quadrivalent influenza vaccines.

"What we really want to do is make the next generation of vaccines that will improve on the vaccines we now have", said Moody.

If you do get sick, whether with the flu or other viruses, do not forget to stay home, drink plenty of liquids, wash your hands frequently, and cover your cough. "If you wait until cases of flu are widespread, it may be too late for the vaccine to offer you any protection". The Butler County Health Department is trying to stay on top of that, and says it wants to prevent everyone from getting the flu.

The flu can be deadly and getting a shot is the key way to protecting oneself and surrounding others from the flu, just like washing hands or covering sneezes.

Dr. Ian Tullberg, MD is the medical director of urgent care for UCHealth in southern Colorado, who says the time to get your flu vaccination is now.

"So it may not be one-vaccine-fits-all", Ross said.

It then takes many months and considerable amounts of money to make the annual seasonal influenza vaccine.

"We look forward to this event every year because it allows us the opportunity to get out into the community to administer as many flu vaccinations as possible while at the same time, practice our public health emergency response procedure", Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Supervisor Lisa Dennison said.

But during the last flu season, the agency estimates less than two-thirds of American children (63 percent) and less than half of USA adults (45 percent) got vaccinated.

Dr Johnston concluded: "The flu vaccine does not give you the flu".

Who should get vaccinated and why?

That's important because companies which make the vaccine have to start ramping up production well ahead of flu season to ensure there's enough to go around and they need to know which strains to target. Ross said his goal is to develop a universal vaccine with an effectiveness of 70 percent to 90 percent.

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