Doctors: Get Flu Shot Despite Questions of Effectiveness

It's peak flu season: Here's what you need to know

One particular physical health worry each winter is the flu.

New reports show that this year's flu vaccine is only about 10 percent effective, but doctors are still urging everyone to get it.

That could change, since flu season typically peaks between December and February. "Some of them are very mild, and some of them are severe", Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), tells Bustle.

The number of confirmed flu cases is high for this point in the season, according to OSDH.

More than 100 people have now been hospitalized this season with flu in Oklahoma, and, in the past week, the first two deaths from the illness in the state are reported.

Despite the Australian findings, urgent care clinics KWCH spoke with said they haven't seen too many people with the flu yet. Note that the nasal spray flu vaccine is no longer recommended due to a lack of proven effectiveness for preventing influenza.

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The best advice still is to get the flu vaccine, officials say.

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. However, Reuters reports the life-saving drug must undergo years of clinical trials before it could be accessible to the general public.

"Unfortunately, this is an example of how serious flu can be", said Dr. "We're seeing now that the vast majority of the strains that are early-circulating now right now in the United States...are this H3N2, which historically is always the worse influenza, for example, than an H1N1", Fauci said.

The vaccine this year may not offer much protection at all.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. "The flu can spread like wildfire, and these settings can act just like kindling".

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