There are new concerns about this year's flu vaccine.
The doctors added that the ineffective shots had the lowest rate of success in preventing influenza A. The flu strain - also known as H3N2 - "historically is always the worse influenza", according to Dr. Fauci and can result in severe illness and possibly death in at-risk patients.
The vaccines do have other benefits and can protect against other deadly flu strains, and this year, we might need all the help we can get.
Regardless, doctors in Wilkes-Barre say you should still get your flu shot.
For every vaccination administered at your local Walgreens pharmacy, Walgreens will donate the value of a lifesaving vaccine to people in developing countries as part of our Get a Shot, Give a Shot campaign with the UN Foundation, which has provided more than 20 million polio and measles vaccines. When someone gets sick, they mistakenly believe the vaccine was the cause.
Flu vaccines are created to protect against the most common flu viruses. "The flu can spread like wildfire, and these settings can act just like kindling".
Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue.
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At last check there has been only one lab confirmed flu death in Washington this season.
That could change, since flu season typically peaks between December and February.
"The vaccine is still the best bet we have, the best tool we have", Poursina says. But for the elderly, young children, pregnant women, and people with underlying health issues, symptoms can pose a serious threat.
"Getting the flu is an bad experience".
This year's flu season could be more extreme than in year's past and as it turns out, the vaccine might not be as strong as experts hoped. "So, get your flu shot".
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The influenza virus has already killed two people in Washington state, including a 60 year old Spokane County man.