Experts saying this years flu vaccine is 10% effective

Global death rates from seasonal influenza are likely between 291,000 and 646,000 people each year, depending on the severity of the circulating flu strain, they said.

"We're only two months into the season so we don't know what's ahead of us", Yu said. Maternal vaccination was also associated with a reduction in flu-related hospitalizations in infants.

Getting your flu shot can also contribute to "herd immunity" - less cases of the flu overall means more protection for the most vulnerable people in the population: the elderly, children, and individuals with certain allergies who can't get the vaccine.

While the flu can be especially risky for the elderly, he says everyone needs to get the vaccine. The nasal spray vaccine is not recommended this year.

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New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may have you rethinking your decision to shrug off a flu shot this year.

"If you get the flu shot, at least you've done everything in your power to keep from getting it", McCoy said.

Quinlisk continued: "It may not stop every sniffle, but if you're someone who wants to not get seriously ill, doesn't want to end up in the hospital and certainly doesn't want to die, this is a good vaccine to get and to be honest, about the only vaccine we have right now for the flu".

In flu research news, a new paper from researchers in Singapore suggests that flu vaccine effectiveness for some influenza A and influenza B viruses drops within 6 months of vaccination. "Most insurances are paying for flu shots, so it's really not a cost to you".

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The viruses attacked by the vaccine are chosen far before the flu season because it takes a while to grow the necessary material in the millions of eggs needed.

It's still early in the flu season, but three U.S. states, Louisiana, Mississippi and SC, are experiencing high "Influenza-Like Illness" activity. "If they fail to receive influenza vaccination during pregnancy, postpartum vaccination would also be useful in protecting their infants from the threat of influenza", the authors wrote.

Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.

"Right now we still need to encourage everyone who has not received a flu vaccine to get it, and to get it as soon as possible because we are seeing high activity levels of flu like illnesses in Louisiana", Lopez urged.

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