"In the meantime, you are still at risk for getting the flu".
Influenza, commonly called "the flu", is a serious disease caused by the influenza virus that affects the respiratory tract.
Each year the World Health Organization (WHO) reviews the circulating strains of flu and recommends which flu strains should go in the vaccine, Cosford added.
"Vaccination is the most effective thing we can do to reduce the impact of flu on individuals and in the community each year".
While no vaccine is 100 percent effective, it is very effective in preventing severe complications related to influenza, including hospitalization, pneumonia and even death.
Immunization is the safest and best way to protect people at high risk from the flu such as pregnant women, children and people with chronic heart and lung diseases.
Dr Jennings says it's unlikely the virus will spread to New Zealand as we're coming to the end of our flu season.
In the 2015-2016 season, about 45 percent of all Americans six months and older got vaccinated against flu.
"All 2017-18 influenza vaccines licensed in the U.S. will contain hemagglutinin (HA) derived from influenza viruses antigenically similar to those recommended by FDA", according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Experts usually look to the southern hemisphere's influenza season to predict what might start happening here in the fall, and what they are seeing doesn't look good.
Naomi, RN "We want to cocoon these people by surrounding them with vaccinated people", said registered nurse Naomi Friesz. "It's really important for them to get the flu shot, because they are developing their immune systems and theirs might not be as strong as an adult would be", Aigner said.
The study's authors, two of whom are CDC researchers, saw a big difference when they looked at women who had miscarried within 28 days of getting a shot that included protection against swine flu, but it was only when the women also had had a flu shot the previous season. Flu season can start early, and it takes about two weeks after your vaccination for the full antibody effect to develop and provide flu protection.
Several Heartland public health departments are starting to promote the seasonal vaccine.
"All seniors ages 65 or older should receive a high-dose flu shot".
People do not need to rush out and get their flu shot right now, but doctors recommend you definitely have it done by October.