Doctors usually look at Australia and the Southern Hemisphere’s flu activity for clues about what our flu season may appear to be since their winter their prime flu season is our summer. Based on reports, Australia’s flu season started in April, about two months before than usual.
Dr. Dyan Hes mentioned she has already had two positive flu cases thus far this fall, and one over the summer. All three kids haven’t received the flu vaccine yet.
Hess informed the News channel that they encourage children to get their flu vaccine before the fall. Children have strong immune systems than others, and the vaccine should offer protection all through the flu season.
In this year, Australia was hit with around 300,000 approved cases with the predominant flu strain being the influenza A (H3N2) virus, which is known to cause more severe illness and hospitalizations.
Based on the WHO, seasonal influenza is an acute respiratory infection brought on by influenza viruses that circulate all around the world.
Dr. Leonard R. Krilov informed the News channel that Influenza strains tend to follow migration patterns of the Southern hemisphere to the Northern hemisphere such that this A strain, H3N2, in Australia could be anticipated to be the predominant strain they see here this winter; however, this is not absolute.
The effectiveness of the flu vaccine has seen its ups and downs over the years. The CDC says the latest research estimates the influenza vaccine helps reduce the danger of coming down with the flu by between 40 to 60 % among the total population through the flu season (winter months).
On their website, the CDC states, “in general, current flu vaccines tend to work better against influenza B and influenza A(H1N1) viruses and offer lower protection against influenza A viruses.”
Many scientists and experts know the vaccine isn’t perfect, however particularly for those who are at high threat for flu complications like pregnant women, young children, adults over the age of 65 and those with chronic health concerns like asthma and heart disease getting vaccinated could be lifesaving.
One study that looked at patients hospitalized with the H1N1 strain discovered patients that have been vaccinated had a 36 % lower risk of dying and a 19 % lower risk of ICU admission than unvaccinated patients.