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Oklahoma reports first two flu deaths; virus already worse than past year

Oklahoma reports first two flu deaths; virus already worse than past year

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

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. In short, prevention is always better than cure; the best defense against the flu is to get an annual flu vaccine. The country is often used as a model for how vaccines will perform in the States. It is clear, however, that only one component of the vaccine-the one targeting the Type A H1N1 virus-has been a problem. 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. "There is a chance we could see the same thing".

The findings appear in Vaccine.

"The earlier you get your flu shot, the better you're going to be protected against the flu".

Three types of influenza viruses affect people, Type A, Type B, and Type C. Flu vaccines include a mix of virus strains tailored to anticipate the upcoming flu season. CDC has estimated previously that seasonal flu-associated deaths in the United States range between 3,000 and 49,000 people each year.

FACT: The flu vaccine isn't manufactured with a live virus, so it can not cause the flu.

Furthermore, the vaccine is only 10% effective against the main strain of flu.

The non-varying parts of the vaccine are made from a special cold-adapted H2N2 strain that is known to contain mutations that slow its replication at the temperatures found in the human nose and throat.

"People need to do what they can to keep themselves safe", Stevenson said.

The fewest deaths prevented by flu vaccination occurred during the 2009 pandemic.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The authors stated rather than focusing on short-term improvements of the common vaccine, they instead hope "to achieve the ultimate objective of a universal influenza vaccine" through using a diverse group of experts and resources. The vaccine stimulates the body's immune system to make antibodies, which can recognize and attack that specific strain of virus inside the body.

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