Flu shot less effective; virus has mutated

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CDC is informing health professionals that this years flu shot wont be effective against a deadly strain because it has already mutated.

"Scientists are concerned about what they're seeing so far this flu season, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, a day after the agency advised doctors this year's flu vaccine is not as effective because the current strain of the virus has mutated."

"Dr. Tom Frieden said researchers are worried that with this particular strain of the virus, "we could have a season that is more severe than most with more hospitalizations and more deaths."


CDC: Flu shot less effective; virus has mutated - CNN.com
 
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One of many strains has mutated, and the jab may not be as effective against that particular strain. So not "Not effective against flu" but "May not be as effective against one of a basketful of forms of flu" would be more accurate (though much less dramatic.....)
 
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One of many strains has mutated, and the jab may not be as effective against that particular strain. So not "Not effective against flu" but "May not be as effective against one of a basketful of forms of flu" would be more accurate (though much less dramatic.....)
True but so far they are only seeing one particular strain.. If the strain they are already seeing has mutated then it will have no effect at all against that strain, correct? It may help if other strains appear later on.
 

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Your thread title is very misleading. Re-read your thread title, and then read this paragraph from the linked text:

While this year's version is not as protective against a mutated strain, it can still decrease the severity of illness caused by the virus. It can also protect against other circulating strains of the virus, which is why the CDC still recommends getting the vaccine.
 
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Your thread title is very misleading. Re-read your thread title, and then read this paragraph from the linked text:
I had meant to use the same title as CNNs but when I copied and pasted the link I made a mistake and ended up screwing it up. I didn't notice it until it posted. How come we can edit content but not titles?
 

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I had meant to use the same title as CNNs but when I copied and pasted the link I made a mistake and ended up screwing it up. I didn't notice it until it posted. How come we can edit content but not titles?
Edit your OP, and then click the "Go Advanced" button. It will give you more text-editing controls - and it should add a field that allows you to change the thread subject. If it doesn't work, post here and I'll take care of it.
 
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Edit your OP, and then click the "Go Advanced" button. It will give you more text-editing controls - and it should add a field that allows you to change the thread subject. If it doesn't work, post here and I'll take care of it.
Seems to have changed it here (on this link) but not elsewhere?
 

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CDC is informing health professionals that this years flu shot wont be effective against a deadly strain because it has already mutated.

"Scientists are concerned about what they're seeing so far this flu season, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, a day after the agency advised doctors this year's flu vaccine is not as effective because the current strain of the virus has mutated."

"Dr. Tom Frieden said researchers are worried that with this particular strain of the virus, "we could have a season that is more severe than most with more hospitalizations and more deaths."


CDC: Flu shot less effective; virus has mutated - CNN.com
This is the reason I don't get a flu shot.
Why bother?
 

Djinn

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This is the reason I don't get a flu shot.
Why bother?
This is why:

While this year's version is not as protective against a mutated strain, it can still decrease the severity of illness caused by the virus. It can also protect against other circulating strains of the virus, which is why the CDC still recommends getting the vaccine.
In other words, the vaccine will still protect you from infection from other influenza strains. And if you are unfortunate enough to contract the mutated strain, you'll suffer less as a result of the vaccination.