Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

There's a mismatch in the flu shot

There's a mismatch in the flu shot

The news came as officials nationwide and in Southern California warn they're seeing a potent B strain of the flu this year.

"If there's a strain that begins to circulate in the community that's new, that won't be covered by the vaccine", said Dr. John Bradley, chief of infectious disease at Rady Children's Hospital.

According to CDC data released last week, if your child is exposed to B/Victoria, there's a 58-percent chance that their flu shot will be well matched to protect against it.

More information about the flu and resources in Orange County is available here. The vaccine is also a 100% match with B/Yamagata, a far less common virus that makes up just 2% of the influenza B circulating.

The biggest takeaway here is that this year's flu shot isn't a great match for the leading virus out there right now: B/Victoria-in fact, it's the first time in 27 years that an influenza B virus has dominated the flu season so early on.

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There's been a shift in the predominant strain, which is usually influenza A. This year it's influenza B, and influenza B tends to affect children more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been about 9.7 million flu cases across the country this season, with 87,000 hospitalizations and 4,800 deaths.

Public health says a man over the age of 60 has died of complications related to influenza infection. And it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to protect against the flu.

To receive a flu shot, you should contact your health care provider or pharmacy.

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