We can look to what happened in the Southern Hemisphere last summer - their winter - for indications of what will happen with our flu season, and Australia just had a very bad flu year, with high numbers of cases and high severity.
The paper also noted that the flu vaccine "mismatch" seen in Australia this year could be related to the way most flu vaccines are now made: using chicken eggs to "grow" the flu virus strains. 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.
She said a flu vaccine helps more than the person receiving the shot.
Flu season is expected to peak around Christmas.
This year, however, the virus appears to have mutated rendering the vaccine only about 10% effective. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death.
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"By getting the vaccine you're not only protecting yourself but it's that herd immunity". The CDC and the California Department of Public Health are recommending everyone over six months old get vaccinated.
But they say it's still extremely important for people to get vaccinated, as herd immunity - when enough members of a community get vaccinated to prevent a unsafe outbreak - can protect vulnerable members of the community, like children, seniors and people with serious illnesses that impact their immune system.
But the Fauci article points to another possible factor: most flu vaccines are grown in eggs. The CDC does not recommend nasal spray to be used this flu season.
The strains of influenza spreading across Canada are especially harsh this year, while the vaccine is not as effective as would be hoped.
And for kids between the ages of 6 months and 8 years who are getting a first-ever flu vaccination, they'll need two doses a month apart. They're especially vulnerable to flu's risky complications because they tend to have more underlying health problems than younger people - and because standard flu shots don't work as well with age-weakened immune systems.