Health Officials Warn Flu Season Could Be Severe

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The single best way to protect against flu and its consequences is to get the flu vaccine.

OSDH said it takes about two weeks after getting a flu shot for a person's immune system to respond and provide defenses against influenza viruses.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced the first two deaths caused by the flu in the state.

Brace yourself for a rough flu season.

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The specialists also noted that account from Australia have engendered developing apprehension with hitting high spots in the laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and upsurge and increasing figures of hospitalizations and deaths. The peak of flu season has occurred anywhere from late November through March. CDC estimates that flu resulted in 9.2 million to 35.6 million US infections since 2010.

But a string of bad flu seasons is a reason for the world's scientific establishment to step up efforts to develop a universal flu vaccine, Fauci wrote Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, Reuters reports the life-saving drug must undergo years of clinical trials before it could be accessible to the general public.

"As we prepare for a potentially severe influenza season, we must consider whether our current vaccines can be improved", Fauci and his coauthors wrote. "It may be a bad flu season, and in particular, in a bad season, you want to get every bit of protection you can".

"However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated", the same global team of medical experts emphasized, however, in the perspective. He adds that avoiding public places during an outbreak, staying home from school or work when you are ill, and covering your mouth if you sneeze is key to reducing the spread of the virus.