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It is the only non-injection fluvaccine on the market. The vaccine promotes antibody protection within two weeks. On Oct. 3, it was announced that Oxford University's Jenner Institute and Vaccitech, a biotech company, are developing a potential universal flu vaccine. Despite the fact that the current flu shot may not be as effective this upcoming flu season, Dr. Fauci urges folks not to skip their yearly vaccinations.
FluMist was licensed in 2003 and originally was considered comparable to or better than injectable flu vaccine in protecting against the flu virus.
The article is available online from the Vaccine journal's website.
Exploiting a previously unnoticed genetic mutation may restore the effectiveness of the popular nasal spray version of the flu vaccine. But that's not the case. The vaccine in Australia has the same composition as the vaccine used in the United States.
"Patients have the risk of getting pneumonia even from not getting the flu shot and getting actual flu", Hare said. The vaccine stimulates the body's immune system to make antibodies, which can recognize and attack that specific strain of virus inside the body. The viral pieces used in these vaccines are not living organisms but genetically engineered proteins that can be grown and propagated in bacteria, making the use of eggs unnecessary. 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. The highest number of hospitalizations was reported among people older than 50, as well as children younger than 5 - groups that are at greater risk of severe illness and complications due to flu.
The flu season is just getting underway in North America, but if Australia's experience with influenza is any guide, we're in for a miserable winter.
"If you look historically and put things into perspective, there's variability in flu seasons". Oftentimes, there is a delay in the onset of the virus in different parts of the country.
The numbers in Oklahoma are already worse than past year.
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