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Will you get the flu shot?

Will you get the flu shot?

Goudreau says "the relatively low percentage of effectiveness in Australia is due to many factors, including the shifting and changing of the flu virus each season".

The flu season is finally upon us, but recent reports revealed that this year's flu shot may be ineffective.

Australia, and now Canada, have experienced cases of influenza B. In B.C., doctors say that they've seen five times the usual amount of influenza B cases. But those strains aren't exact matches to the two strains that are now circulating through the population. Reports from Australia have caused mounting concern, with record-high numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and outbreaks and higher-than-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths and that the vaccine, which is similar to the one being used in the USA had only a 10 percent effectiveness.

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Taiwan has about 2.5 million to 3 million people with chronic liver disease and those who have liver fibrosis or liver cirrhosis have weaker immune systems and are at greater risk of developing pneumonia after catching the flu, which can lead to serious complications or even death, said Lee Mau-hwa (李懋華), chief executive officer of the Good Liver Foundation's medical development department.

Therefore, do you think it's worth getting a flu shot this year?


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