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Brace Yourself for a Miserable Flu Season: This Year's Vaccine Has Been Failing in Australia

"December is when flu season historically starts to peak in New Mexico and nationwide, and the flu cases are expected to be most common now through next March", State Epidemiologist Michael Landen said.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to remind people that, even though the holiday season has begun, it's NOT too late to get a flu shot.

According to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine, this year's flu vaccine is only about 10% effective against influenza A (H3N2). The flu vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu that may be circulating at any given time, and people can get infected with more than one type of flu during the season.

Just because you get a flu shot does not mean you won't get the flu.

The vaccination program ended a couple of weeks ago, and in addition to adults getting their shots, 1,890 Campbell County students also received a flu shot, said Nachelle McGrath, Campbell County Healthcare Foundation executive director.

United States doctors are bracing for a potentially miserable winter because of ineffective flu shots. "Flu is more likely to lead to hospitalization or death for people in the high risk groups, and their first line of defense is vaccination".

"However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated", the paper said. The CDC and the California Department of Public Health are recommending everyone over six months old get vaccinated.

But the Fauci article points to another possible factor: most flu vaccines are grown in eggs.

You can ask your doctor, or the local pharmacy about getting the vaccine.

For needle-phobes, there's a skin-deep vaccine that uses tiny needles, and a needle-free jet injector that shoots another vaccine through the skin. "It's especially important for the elderly as well as the very young".

One high-dose version contains four times the usual anti-flu ingredient, while a competitor contains an extra immune-boosting compound. Yet, last season only about 40% of the U.S. population got a flu shot.