Flu Season Expected To Be A Bad One

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This year, experts are warning that flu season will be particularly nasty-in part, they believe, because of a less effective vaccine. The flu vaccine does not cause the flu.

Flu season is here, and so are the latest numbers from the Washington State Health Department.

The prospective flu season may be extremely grave one in the USA; some medical specialists alerted today reproducing introductory data from the Southern Hemisphere's diminishing flu season.

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

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The trouble is, the makeup of the viruses can change in the blink of the eye, because virus strains constantly mutate Although researchers have clues about what a virus did previously, they're usually guessing what specific changes will happen next. The influenza A virus was the most common flu strain. Viruses have a tendency to mutate over time, which makes the vaccine less effective. "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.

The vaccines do have other benefits and can protect against other deadly flu strains, and this year, we might need all the help we can get. The vaccine is made from genetically-engineered proteins.

H3N2 is also a particularly nasty strain, Fauci said. "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. To put it into perspective, back when H1N1 was making headlines as swine flu in 2009, it infected just over 51,000 folks in Australia.

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