9 fast facts on the new flu vaccines

The number of people with influenza-like illness this year remained stable from last week a first for this deadly flu season

The number of people with influenza-like illness this year remained stable from last week a first for this deadly flu season

But half of the children hospitalized with influenza this flu season did not have any of the underlying chronic conditions that make children susceptible to complications from influenza, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that is not unusual.

The CDC found that children fared better - the shot was 59 percent effective against H3N2 for them - but kids are also more susceptible to infection in the first place.

The flu is still widespread in the US, and the number of deaths among children has climbed to 84. The other half of the story is that even if you get flu, despite having received the vaccine, you're likely to have a milder case or shall I say a less severe case. Because there is often more than one type of influenza virus circulating each season, influenza vaccines are created to target three or four of the most likely influenza viruses of the season: two influenza A types (H1N1 and H3N2) and one (trivalent) or two (quadrivalent) types of influenza B. In the early part of each year, the FDA, World Health Organization (WHO), CDC, NIH, and other partners collaborate by collecting and reviewing data on the circulating strains of influenza from around the world to identify those likely to cause the most illness in the upcoming season. Scientists use fluid from eggs injected with the flu virus to produce vaccines.

The Louisiana Department of Health announced that they are officially extending its free flu shots, and they will be available while supplies last.

Australia was hit hard by the flu in 2017, with a high number of deaths and hospitalizations. States are not required to report adult deaths. But it's no worse than last week, and flu activity had been increasing each week since November.

Flu remains widespread across the country.

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So far, Sanofi has made about $617 million in profits since flu season began, and GSK's vaccine business grew by about 76 percent.

Instead, the vaccine may falter over a phenomenon called the 'original antigenic sin'.

"These new trivalent vaccines work in over 65s by generating a strong immune response and are more effective for this age group in protecting against influenza", Mr Hunt said. They cite factors such as age, baseline health status and that year's vaccine "match" - the similarity between the viruses used to make the vaccine and the ones that are prevalent in a certain year.

These vaccines grew in cells, not eggs. It would protect people from many strains of the flu.

It's important to know the difference between symptoms of the flu and the common cold. They also acknowledge that more research is needed to determine if vaccine effectiveness changes between egg-based and non-egg-based vaccines.

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