The World Health Organization says about 500,000 people die every year from seasonal flu. To combat that, doctors recommend getting a flu vaccine at the beginning of each flu season and researchers are now working on a universal vaccine that could protect people from all strains of the flu. What’s more, they say the vaccine could work for several years.
The state of Georgia in southern United Sates has reported the nation’s most number of flu cases this year. Influenza viruses are unpredictable and this year, health officials say they are seeing several strains. Dr. Jennifer Shu is with Children’s Medical Group in Atlanta. “In our office, we are seeing influenza B, plus an influenza A strain, which I believe the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) says most of that circulating right now is H3N2, although there is some that’s H1N1,” she said.
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