New vaccine promises life time protection against flu, says research

New vaccine promises life time protection against flu, says research

New vaccine promises life time protection against flu, says research

Current vaccines, which require experts to pick the flu strains that they believe are going to circulate in a given year, are typically 40 to 70 percent effective in the USA, though in some years protection is as low as 20 percent.

Dr. Robert Sedlacek, a family medicine physician at Ascension Medical Group at Merrill has heard his share.

Getting your annual flu shot could soon be a thing of the past.

A new vaccine that can help fight diverse strains of the flu and protect one against flu have been found, claims a research.

The health unit is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.

According to a 2013 Clinical Microbiology Reviews article, the challenges of the conventional approach include predicting which flu strain will circulate in coming years; manufacturing and delivering safe, timely and adequate supplies; and poor responsiveness among the elderly, who often are the most vulnerable to influenza infection.

Flu vaccines aim to protect us by priming our immune systems. However, government health officials have been concerned with the degree of the ineffectiveness of flu vaccines manufactured every year for the following year's flu season.

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Excuse #2: I'm scared of needles. The traditional seasonal flu shot typically contains weakened or dead versions of flu viruses.

Fact: The CDC doesn't recommend the nasal spray flu vaccine this year because of concerns about its effectiveness. If your child is scared of needles, ask your provider if a numbing cream can be applied to the area before getting the shot. Flu shots can not give you flu illness.

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory virus that can cause fever, cough, muscle aches and fatigue. Due to the mutation, most people receiving the egg-grown vaccine did not have immunity against H3N2 viruses that circulated a year ago, leaving the vaccine with only 20 to 30 percent effectiveness.

Excuse #4: I hear the flu vaccine can be unsafe for children.

Flu can be a serious illness, particularly for young children, older adults, and people with certain long-term health conditions like asthma, heart disease, or diabetes.

Excuse #5: If I get the flu, I can take antibiotics to get better. With each new flu season, you need a new flu shot.

"An ideal influenza vaccine would be low-cost, provide long-lasting immunity, require few immunizations and would work against all variants of the virus", Weaver said.

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