'Flu-pocalypse' Predicted Due To Ineffective Flu Shots, Doctors Say

'Flu-pocalypse' Predicted Due To Ineffective Flu Shots, Doctors Say

The OSDH reminds the public that there are still several months left in the flu season. They could be several flu seasons off, but Fauci said he has "made this a high priority" in a budget that the Trump administration has targeted for 21 percent budget cut.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, co-authored the perspective with other researchers from NIAID and experts at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia. And the United States has the same vaccine.

"I wouldn't say the flu shots are a bad thing because nine times out of ten it does work", Galloway added.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Thursday the first two deaths caused by the flu in the state. This year, experts are warning that flu season will be particularly nasty-in part, they believe, because of a less effective vaccine. Even though our vaccine is the same as Australia's, it's still recommended to get a flu shot.

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Scientists are anxious to develop a universal vaccine which could protect against all strains and would not need to be administered every year. Note that the nasal spray flu vaccine is no longer recommended due to a lack of proven effectiveness for preventing influenza. However, Reuters reports the life-saving drug must undergo years of clinical trials before it could be accessible to the general public. Flu season in Spokane County typically peaks in February. "We're seeing now that the vast majority of the strains that are early-circulating now right now in the United States...are this H3N2, which historically is always the worse influenza, for example, than an H1N1", Fauci said.

"So, when those are very high, you know there's a good chance that the flu is high", said pediatrician Dr. Paul Remedios.

If you do end up getting the flu, doctors we spoke to suggest taking Tamiflu or Relenza; both can shorten the time that you're sick.

And please, if you're sick, stay home!

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