National flu vaccine week

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Heather Chamberlin got the flu vaccine during October just like she does every year.

"So far there aren't that many cases here in the NY area of influenza, but there will be", he said. This year, it seems, the scientists may have gotten it wrong, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

Caudle and Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist Chris Altman will host a special flu-focused Facebook Live event on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET to answer questions about the flu, address common misconceptions and provide helpful tips on how to stay healthy throughout flu season.

While 10% seems low, "flu vaccines are usually only about 40% to 60% effective in the best of years", said Martin Hirsch, an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the county said in a news release Tuesday that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to be fully effective.

Circulating influenza strains may mutate after the World Health Organization decides what should go into that year's vaccine. But the article applies to studies conducted in Australia, not the United States. A universal vaccine would also eliminate the need for a yearly flu shot and the use of eggs to produce it.

Four states now have widespread flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other regions are reporting regional or localized outbreaks. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual flu vaccine remains the "the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses".

Cover - Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a disposable tissue.

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