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Vaccines for the flu are updated each year. This is to keep at the cutting edge with the latest influenza viruses which are in circulation that particular #Flu season.

Medical Express explains there are various factors which control the efficiency of influenza vaccines. These include a person’s history of exposure to prior flu viruses and vaccinations, as well as age, genetics and current health problems. It is also true that the manufacturing process of the vaccine could be included in the effectiveness.

The influenza vaccine is usually made with chicken eggs according to Medical Express. Research shows there were mutations in the egg-prepared vaccines which decreased the usefulness of the vaccine this year asserts Medical Express.

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Healthcare officials and providers will tell you that even if the match is not very good between the serum and the active flu viruses for that particular season, do not let that stop you from getting a #Flu Shot. The active flu strains in the vaccine are not completely useless.

2017 Flu-pocalypse

As researched by WTOP, this season’s flu vaccine is not as effective. This means the 2017 flu season could be worse than we have ever seen. WTOP even suggests there will be deaths. The CDC is pointing their finger at the composition of the serum for the reason for all the sneezing you're hearing this early in the season.

Australia has a similar vaccine that the United States uses as well. The down under country’s flu vaccine success rate is 10 percent this year as mentioned in WTOP. Dr. Anthony Fauci exclaims the strain which is dominant in Australia, is the same one as in America and “it’s a mean one.”

A list from the CDC of the people most at-risk for dangerous complications

If you are one of the people described below or know someone who is on this list, the CDC encourages the people mentioned to get the most current influenza vaccine in order to protect their health.

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  • Children younger than 5 and under 2;
  • Adults 65 years of age and older;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives;
  • Anybody with chronic medical conditions;
  • Any person with a weakened immune system; and
  • People caring for the above-named individuals.

An early and harsh flu season for everybody

WTOP discovered that Maryland’s health department has confirmed very early in the season its first flu cases. The people with the flu came rolling in during the month of October.

Dr. Emily Landon is an infectious disease specialist and hospital epidemiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine. Her observations for this year’s flu season are near the same as Maryland. The University of Chicago Medicine is also seeing more cases earlier in the season than normal. Dr. Landon foresees the cases ramping up in the next month. Based on their studies, an estimated 30,000 people in the United States die each year from influenza. #Inefficient vaccine