Five Die From The Flu In NC

Katrina Barker
December 1, 2017

Medical officials said people should still get vaccinated, because it's the first and most important way to protect you and those around you from getting the flu. It can cause mild to severe illness.

The New England Journal of Medicine said Australia had a dismal flu season.

Standard protocol in the United States now suggest that the best way to handle a potential flu case is to treat it immediately, rather than waiting for lab results.

And this year, experts say the flu virus might end up being more intense than it has been in the past and the flu vaccine might not be as strong as expected.

There are not any risks associated with developing a universal flu vaccine.

"The experience in Australia was that the flu vaccine was not as effective as we would like this year, and there was a lot of influenza", said Dr. Joseph Garner with Hartford HealthCare.

"Unfortunately, this is an example of how serious flu can be", said Dr. If a universal flu vaccine is available, then scientists will not have to worry about trying to find the right strain.

On a good year, vaccines are 50 to 60 percent effective.

Though researchers are working hard behind the scenes to develop more effective vaccines, you should still aim to be proactive about your health. "I really stay away from saying "we should be anxious about this" or 'we should be anxious about that, ' because the flu itself, and seasonal intensity, always has a degree of unpredictability about it", he explains to Bustle.

The vaccine this year may not offer much protection at all.

Myth 2. You can't spread the flu when you don't feel sick. Dr. Fauci also tells Bustlethat people can lower their risk of catching the flu this winter by practicing proper hygiene, and washing their hands frequently.

If you get the flu, get antiviral drugs started within 48 hours and stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

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