Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Flu season coming earlier than expected in Ohio

Flu season coming earlier than expected in Ohio

Flu season is underway, and health officials say there are signs the vaccination may only be 10 percent effective against the main strain.

Health experts look to Australia to measure the effectiveness of the vaccine and the severity of the flu headed our way.

With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you haven't already been immunized.

Southwest Georgia Health District staff expects positive flu cases up until May
Southwest Georgia Health District staff expects positive flu cases up until May

USA doctors are bracing for a potentially miserable winter because of ineffective flu shots.

The Edmonton zone has reported 167 lab confirmed cases and 61 hospitalizations.

This year, the onslaught of a particularly deadly strain of the flu virus may lead to a harsher flu season than usual. And although strains that circulate in the Southern Hemisphere often spread to North America and Europe, there's no guarantee it will make a repeat performance.

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December is when the flu typically comes out in full force, keeping people home from work or school. While the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can vary from year to year, it's the best way to prevent the virus as well as serious complications that can happen if you do become ill, including those that can result in hospitalization. The CDC strongly suggests these groups of people get the flu vaccination.

Flu does constantly evolve, forcing new vaccine to be brewed each year to match the strains specialists expect to cause most illness.

The Health District offers flu shots at the following clinic locations.

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According to Quartz, the annual flu vaccine development process begins several months before each flu season.

The shot takes about two weeks to build enough antibodies in your system to ward off the influenza virus. Those at risk for the flu include elders older than 65 and children younger than 5.

The CDC categorized last year's flu season as moderately severe, but Campbell County was hit particularly hard, reporting 935 cases, the most of any county in the state.

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