It might seem that the flu is the same virus every year. It causes stuffy noses and sore throats and makes it difficult to sleep. You will be lying in bed. We might soon be able to stop these annoying symptoms. Based on Australia’s 2019 flu season we’ll show you how this year’s flu season could look. We will also discuss if pandemics should concern us and what vaccine scientists are doing to make tomorrow a better place.
What Could The Flu Season In Australia Mean For The US
Because Australia’s fall and winter coincide with our summer and spring, US health experts examine Australia’s flu season. This means that their flu season is right before ours, which helps us predict what might happen this fall. The start of Australia’s fall season was March 2019. Australia’s flu season began early this year. This could also mean that flu season begins earlier than usual, with cases peaking in December, rather than February. Although there’s no clear cause for Australia’s flu season’s early start, the milder outbreak last year meant that fewer people got their flu shots, making them more vulnerable to infection this year. Experts believe that an earlier start could also mean an earlier finish. To see if this prediction is correct 1, US health officials will continue to monitor the number of influenza-like illnesses reported and hospitalized. A person with an influenza-like illness is one who has a contagious respiratory infection and has a fever of more than 100 degrees.
Although the current number of flu cases in Australia is higher than in previous years, it still pales in comparison to the 251,160 confirmed cases of 2017 2, which was one the worst seasons in recent years. Although it is too early to predict how many cases Australia will have by year’s end due to flu season 2017, most experts agree that current data doesn’t indicate an outbreak as severe as 2017.
Although Australia’s 2019 flu season isn’t the worst, it is possible that this flu season will be worse than previous years. This is because there are currently three strains of influenza A and B. Influenza A can spread to humans and animals, while influenza B can only be spread to humans. A flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu. It is designed to protect against the year’s expected strains. The vaccine takes about two weeks to work. Getting your flu shot early can help you avoid the flu epidemic.
Another Pandemic In Our Future?
A flu pandemic refers to a worldwide outbreak of the new influenza A virus. Pandemics are often caused by people being exposed to a new flu virus. This allows the virus to rapidly spread. Although some flu seasons can be more severe than others (that’s quite a good record!) actual pandemics are very rare. In the past 100 years, there have been only four pandemics in the United States. These strains of flu are often transmitted from animals such as wild birds or pigs. avian flu and swine influenza.
2009 H1N1 (swine influenza) was the last major pandemic to hit the US. The pandemic began in the United States. It affected children, young adults, and middle-aged people who were not immune to this particular type of influenza. However, 33% of Americans over 65 were immune to the virus from previous exposure. The virus was different than the seasonal flu so vaccines against it were not effective for younger people. Technology is improving and health organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), have preventative measures in place to reduce the risk of another pandemic. Although an outbreak can happen at any moment, careful monitoring, improved diagnostics and tracking have greatly reduced the impact of pandemics in the past 100 years. They will also continue to inform and improve on the effectiveness of annual vaccines.
It is unlikely that another pandemic such as the 1918 Spanish Influenza will occur. However, good hygiene, staying away from those who are sick, and getting an annual flu shot are all simple ways to reduce the spread of flu.
The Flu: Once And For All
Your annual flu shot could be different in the near future. Scientists are working on a universal vaccine to combat influenza. ).
The National Institute of Health (NIH), began its first clinical trial of a universal flu vaccine in April 2019. The vaccine was developed by scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. It is intended to strengthen the immune system against various strains of the virus. There are two types of influenza: influenza A and influenza B. Each strain also has subtypes. The type of protein on the virus’ surface determines the subtype. For example, H1N1 is a subtype. The experimental vaccine H1ssF_3928 was first tested on mice and ferrets. It successfully protected them against multiple types of viruses.
The goal of the first round of clinical trials is similar: to determine if the vaccine can be used to help the immune system produce antibodies. These are proteins that help eliminate harmful substances from the body. Scientists are trying to determine how previous influenza exposure and age affect the number of antibodies that are created. Although the trial’s results won’t be available until 2020, they could have a significant impact on how future flu vaccines will be created. They could also help eliminate the need to get yearly flu shots. The future will see another clinical trial to test a vaccine that could protect against the main strain of seasonal influenza.
Although the future is uncertain, history and emerging trends can provide valuable information about flu prevention. We do know that good hygiene practices and getting your flu shots every year are important steps to staying healthy, both today and in the future.
This post was written by a medical professional at The Wellness Firm. The Wellness Firm services include onsite Flu Shots, setting up a mobile flu shot clinic, onsite rapid COVID event testing, employee physical examination, as well as American Heart Association CPR certification classes. Founded by local Firemen, The Wellness Firm has been providing a safer Tampa Bay since 2006.