January 15, 2018

Sebastian infectious disease specialist talks flu shots in Vero News

This year’s flu vaccine leaves a lot to be desired, according to Sebastian infectious disease specialist Dr. Aisha Thomas-St. Cyr and the New England Journal of Medicine.

In a December 2017 article, the Journal reports “mounting concern” over the effectiveness of the current vaccine against what’s expected to be the most common – and virulent – flu strain this year, the H3N2 virus.

That’s because the 2017-18 American flu vaccine is the same as the vaccine used in Australia last year and that vaccine, says the New England Journal, was only 10 percent effective in preventing that H3N2 strain of flu.