Health experts: This year's flu vaccine only 10% effective

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If so, it would extend a run of bad luck that began in 2014, when the available flu vaccines proved to be a poor match for the most common viruses in circulation. Even worse, almost three-quarters of the 1,544 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu seen in the US since October 1 were of the H3N2 variety, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Widespread flu activity is now in four states where past year there were none at this time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Australia, reports suggest that their vaccine was only effective 10 per cent of the time, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). "That's what happened in Australia and it is likely that that's what we're going to see here". The "peak month of flu activity" is the month with the highest percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza virus infection during that influenza season.

A year ago saw 231,354 doses of vaccine taken.

Deti cautions that the county data is often inaccurate because many people do not go to the doctor when they have the flu and those who do often don't get officially tested and diagnosed.

"Preventing the flu in as many people as possible is our first priority", says Dr. Crosby.

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Getting vaccinated later; however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later.

For needle-phobes, there's a skin-deep vaccine that uses tiny needles, and a needle-free jet injector that shoots another vaccine through the skin.

A flu shot is a vaccination made of inactive flu strains.

Two vaccine brands target the 65-and-older crowd. "Work with your physician to determine the best vaccine type for you, and don't delay in getting medical care if you suspect you have contracted the flu".

And for those anxious about allergies from eggs used in the production process, two more vaccines are egg-free. You might need it if you find yourself battling the flu.

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