New ‘super vaccines’ for flu season as docs hope to cut deaths

KeepHealthCare.ORG – New ‘super vaccines’ for flu season as docs hope to cut deaths

Authorities hope a new and improved vaccine, plus two new ‘super vaccines’, will help Australia avoid a repeat of last year’s record flu season.

There were almost a quarter of a million confirmed flu infections last year, and more than 29,000 hospitalisations including as many as 4000 deaths.

Pharmacist Jane Mitchell administers the flu shot at Ascot Vale Pharmacy.

Pharmacist Jane Mitchell administers the flu shot at Ascot Vale Pharmacy.

Photo: Chris Hopkins

That was attributed to a single lethal strain of flu that ran rampant through the community that was poorly covered by the flu vaccine.

The scientists charged with formulating this year’s vaccine are confident there will be no repeat this year.

“The new influenza season is unlikely to be anywhere near as bad as the severe season we had last year, which was the biggest on record,” says Professor Robert Booy, director of the Immunisation Coalition – a group part-funded by the companies that make our flu vaccine.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/national/new-super-vaccines-for-flu-season-as-docs-hope-to-cut-deaths-20180417-p4za1v.html

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