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This year's flu vaccine may only be 10% effective, experts warn

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Health officials say there are a number of signs pointing to a potentially rough flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in the U.S. so far, which is more than double the number this time last year.

Flu is currently widespread in four states, including Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Massachusetts, the CDC reports.

What's more, this year's flu shot may not be up to the task. It is the same formulation that was used during Australia's most recent flu season -- which typically sets a pattern for what the U.S. will face -- and it was only 10 percent effective there.

"The way that vaccines work is that they're a deactivated or disabled version of the virus that we present to our immune system," Dr. Pardis Sabeti, a Harvard professor and infectious disease expert, explained on "CBS This Morning." "Our immune system then gets to see it, to recognize it, and learn it so that if we ever get a natural virus infection, we're ready to respond."

However, the problem with flu is that the virus constantly changes. "It's very diverse. Lots of different strains, and it's changing all the time," Sabeti said. "So by the time we pick a version of the virus to make into a vaccine and put it into production, it might take six to eight months and in that time the virus might change." If the vaccine isn't a close match to the strain of the virus that's actually circulating once fall and winter arrive, it won't be as effective at stopping the illness....

Alternatively
Vitamin D help the immune system against all versions of the flu and works at a high percentage rate even when the virus is matched to the flu shots.
Also If interested folks might want to look into Another alternative, Colloidal Silver.
there is some research ot there
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21946445
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This year's flu vaccine may only be 10% effective, experts warn

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/this-ye...-experts-warn/
Health officials say there are a number of signs pointing to a potentially rough flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in the U.S. so far, which is more than double the number this time last year.

Flu is currently widespread in four states, including Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Massachusetts, the CDC reports.

What's more, this year's flu shot may not be up to the task. It is the same formulation that was used during Australia's most recent flu season -- which typically sets a pattern for what the U.S. will face -- and it was only 10 percent effective there.

"The way that vaccines work is that they're a deactivated or disabled version of the virus that we present to our immune system," Dr. Pardis Sabeti, a Harvard professor and infectious disease expert, explained on "CBS This Morning." "Our immune system then gets to see it, to recognize it, and learn it so that if we ever get a natural virus infection, we're ready to respond."

However, the problem with flu is that the virus constantly changes. "It's very diverse. Lots of different strains, and it's changing all the time," Sabeti said. "So by the time we pick a version of the virus to make into a vaccine and put it into production, it might take six to eight months and in that time the virus might change." If the vaccine isn't a close match to the strain of the virus that's actually circulating once fall and winter arrive, it won't be as effective at stopping the illness....

Alternatively
Vitamin D help the immune system against all versions of the flu and works at a high percentage rate even when the virus is matched to the flu shots.
Also If interested folks might want to look into Another alternative, Colloidal Silver.
there is some research ot there
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21946445
I am what they call a 'high risk individual' when it comes to the flu, yet have a horrible reaction to the vaccine, so I don't get it.

A couple of weekends ago, I started not feeling well, and started my preemptive strike of Colloidal silver, high dosage Vitamin C & D, with a side-kicker of Chicken Soup. While I did have a low-grade fever, and felt entirely exhausted, I did not have what most would call 'the flu'.

There is something to be said for alternatives....
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