Medical experts: Flu season may be a bad one

Posted December 01, 2017

The researchers proposed that substantially discordant flu season that the Southern Hemisphere encouraged during its winter months this year may be the manifestation of what's to expect as the flu season progresses in the Northern Hemisphere.

Despite the Australian findings, urgent care clinics KWCH spoke with said they haven't seen too many people with the flu yet. Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. And this year, Dr. Fauci and the co-authors of the perspective believe this flu season could be one of the rougher ones. A doctor also may prescribe the drugs to people you encountered who are vulnerable to serious complications.

Health officials say the deaths of two people due to influenza are the first flu-related deaths in Oklahoma this season.

The influenza virus has already killed two people in Washington state, including a 60 year old Spokane County man.

"If you are someone who is at risk, 10 percent of enhanced effectiveness against an illness that could be fatal is definitely better than no percent", Lutz said. Americans are receiving the same vaccine. That is why health officials are predicting that America will have a bad flu season. Scientists manipulate these home-grown viruses to make them benign, or create a chemical lookalike, which-in the form of a vaccine-gives our immune systems a head start to prepare itself for future microbial invaders. It is estimated that 40,000 lives were saved by the flu vaccine by 2005 to 2014. On Oct. 3, it was announced that Oxford University's Jenner Institute and Vaccitech, a biotech company, are developing a potential universal flu vaccine. It's important to note that most flu vaccinations protect against strains that are respiratory in nature, not gastrointestinal, so if you still get the "stomach bug", it doesn't necessarily mean your vaccine was ineffective. "Currently, most influenza vaccines in the United States are produced using chicken eggs, while a few are made in cell culture or by using recombinant DNA technologies", explained the NIAID news brief. It may be several years before a universal flu vaccine is available. Some vaccines have been tested on animals.