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Flu Up Almost 800% This Year

December 26, 2017

Matching predictions, this is turning out to be a severe flu season. The same virulent strains that gave Australia a severe flu season are spreading in the Northern Hemisphere, and a mutation during production of the flu vaccine has left it nearly worthless at stopping them. In Arizona, flu cases are up 758% compared to […]

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Remember those predictions that we’ll have a bad flu season, because Australia did? They’re turning out to have been pretty accurate. Just in time for all that holiday travel the number of flu cases in the US is increasing, with severe side effects. Right now, the South has the biggest upward flu trend, but all […]

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Is the Flu Shot Worth It?

November 9, 2017

Last year, the flu shot, at best, was 42% effective—and only 34% effective against the dominant strain. And that peak efficacy is for otherwise strong, healthy, young-ish people. This year is expected to be another year of an ineffective flu shot (and that’s on top of what’s already expected to be a severe flu shot). […]

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How do we predict flu seasons, and how do we decide what to put in the flu vaccine? One big factor is the sort of flu season the Southern Hemisphere goes through before us, and Australia has had a pretty bad one (and we’ve prepared a matching flu vaccine, so we’re expecting the same strains). […]

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It’s the toward the end of February, and flu levels are at “epidemic levels”, according to the CDC (plus there are colds and other viruses going around!). And this year, they’re rating the flu shot as only 48% effective. That’s actually not bad for the flu shot, which just doesn’t perform as well as other […]

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