Effectiveness of flu shot Is 60%

"The concern with the H3N2 strain is it leads to serious complications and this is especially for seniors and individuals with chronic illness such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease and so on", Kapaj added.

Hospitalizations are on the rise for a common winter illness. He said flu strains always are out there, 365 days a year, readjusting and reforming.

She said she wasn't feeling very well and came to the new Children's Hospital of San Antonio Primary Care Unit to see Dr. Sky Izaddoost.

She said getting that yearly flu shot is your best weapon.

Mandel says it's hard to know what's behind the spike. She advised bed rest with drinking plenty of fluids for those who do get sick.

There have already been more than seven thousand confirmed flu cases during the current flu season nationwide, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Michael Wiese, an epidemiologist for the Department of Health in Hillsborough County, said while flu seasons can be hard to predict, this year's strain could be concerning. How many people get the flu in any given year depends in part on the effectiveness of the vaccine.

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That 10 percent number actually reflects how effective the flu shot was in Australia's flu season a few months ago, during our summer.

"Which is 11 per cent higher than the similar period last year or the year before that when 225,000 had been given", Shahab said.

"And if you are feeling under the weather, it's important to stay home from school or from work so you're not infecting others, and to cover your coughs and sneezes with your arms so you're not spreading germs around, " she said.

"Last year, we didn't see anything until nearly January and February". As health officials rushed to contain the outbreak, the CDC admitted that the 2014 flu vaccine did not protect well against H3N2 - it had just seven percent chance of protection.

All more the reason, health officials said, to get the flu shot ahead of the holiday season to protect you and the ones you love. This is why everyone needs a flu vaccine every season.

Patel said all three of these targeted flu strains bring about pretty much the same flu symptoms: abrupt onset of fever, head and body aches, fatigue, extreme stuffiness and sore throat.

The vaccine can take up to two weeks to be fully effective. This will also prevent you from infecting other people.

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