This year's flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective

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"Recently published research suggests that mutations occurring in egg-prepared vaccines may have contributed to decreased vaccine effectiveness during the 2016-2017 influenza season in the United States and the 2017 flu season in Australia".

For every vaccination administered at your local Walgreens pharmacy, Walgreens will donate the value of a lifesaving vaccine to people in developing countries as part of our Get a Shot, Give a Shot campaign with the UN Foundation, which has provided more than 20 million polio and measles vaccines.

FluMist was licensed in 2003 and originally was considered comparable to or better than injectable flu vaccine in protecting against the flu virus. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

"If you look historically and put things into perspective, there's variability in flu seasons".

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The flu vaccine used this year in Australia - which has the same composition as the vaccine used in the USA - was only 10 percent effective, according to a preliminary estimate, at preventing the strain of the virus that predominantly circulated during the country's flu season, an worldwide team of medical experts wrote in a perspective published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. Note that the nasal spray flu vaccine is no longer recommended due to a lack of proven effectiveness for preventing influenza.

Doctors worry it could be be similar in the Uninted States.

Regardless, doctors in Wilkes-Barre say you should still get your flu shot. The vaccine is made from genetically-engineered proteins. Viruses have a tendency to mutate over time, which makes the vaccine less effective.

MYTH 3: There's no point in getting the flu vaccine if it's later in the flu season.

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MYTH 4: Everyone receives the same type of flu shot. Flu activity during the pandemic was dominated by 2009 H1N1 virus circulation, with nearly no seasonal viruses being detected during that time.

The people most at risk for serious complications from the flu are the very young, the very old and pregnant women.

Poursina says, the early warning that the flu shot may not be as effective this year could actually be helpful in how medical professionals handle cases.

Myth 2. You can't spread the flu when you don't feel sick.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's flu activity map shows regional flu activity in Georgia.

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