Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Flu Shot Effective Regardless of Circulating Flu Strain, Research Finds

This is important: The flu vaccine is recommended for those with HBV and HCV—Alan Franciscus.


June 25, 2013 — New research out of St. Michael's Hospital has found that despite popular belief, the flu shot is effective in preventing the flu, even if the virus going around does not match the vaccine.

 "It's quite common for people to say they are not going to get the flu shot this year because they've heard it does not match the strain of flu going around," said Dr. Andrea Tricco, the lead author of the paper and a scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital. "However, we've found that individuals will be protected regardless of whether the flu strain is a match or not."

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