At the core of vaccine creation lies hemagglutinin, a protein on influenza viruses that allows flu to penetrate cells. Flu reporting is largely voluntary and often inconsistent, Bennett said, so the weekly surveillance reports are "just a snapshot" that, examined over time, reveal seasonal trends.
Doctors say December through February is the peak of flu season and you need to get your shot as soon as possible.
Each year is a little bit different so we dont always know what were going to see and when were going to see it, Hanson said.
Martin Hirsch, an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, told USA Today that while 10 percent seems low, "flu vaccines are usually only about 40 percent to 60 percent effective in the best of years".
"Reports from Australia have caused mounting concern, with record-high numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and outbreaks and higher-than-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths", a team of US researchers wrote in an article published November 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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The likes of Ben Stokes and Jason Roy thus will go back into the auction pool having not played for either CSK or RR in IPL 2015. The IPL Governing Council, in its meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, has upped the player cap for the next three years.
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In October, Steinhoff bought back 78 million shares, a deal handled by Johannesburg-based PSG Capital. It said it would also investigate whether previous financial results need to be corrected.
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Although H3N2 is not as virulent as some other strains of flu, it mutates very easily, making it stronger against the body's immune system.
A flu outbreak that rocked Australia this fall could be headed to the United States next, experts fear. 201 of those cases are from people who have had flu like illnesses.
San Diego County has more than three times the number of confirmed flu cases than this time a year ago, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday. The flu shot is encouraged for anyone ages 6 months or older.
Then-US Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price attends a press conference about influenza prevention for the upcoming flu season at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on September 28, 2017. Current vaccines target only the head, which is particularly susceptible to mutations that at times render vaccines ineffective.
Mendez said "it's definitely not too late" - it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become effective, so now is a good time for people who to plan on traveling this holiday season to get vaccinated, she said.
Those individuals may have a weakened immune system, therefore making it more hard for them to fight off the flu.