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Grant Boone
January 15, 2020

Children are particularly susceptible to influenza B/Victoria.

"Even if the flu vaccine isn't a ideal match there's great merit to getting the flu vaccine", Dr. Keown said, "It's like wearing a seat belt, it doesn't guarantee you won't get in auto crash but less likely to be terribly hurt".

If your child is exposed to B/Victoria, there's a 58% chance that their flu shot will be well matched to protect against it, according to data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Lets say your first child has the flu, have grandma or an aunt keep the other kids to limit exposure", Dr. Keown said, "if you can't, make sure to wash your hands and keep the sick one apart from the other kids as much as you can". Even if you or your children do catch the flu, you're more likely to get a milder case that you can bounce back faster from, with the flu shot in your system.

Luckily, this year's flu vaccine is a 100% match with H1N1, which has accounted for about 82% of the influenza A out there.

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Nebraska is experiencing a high activity level in flu-like illness so far this season.
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Scientists try to match the vaccine to what is making people sick, but it's hard.

The flu season generally begins in October or November, peaks between January and February, and can last as late as May. But to some extent, it's a bit of a guessing game. For example, this year's match to the H3N2 strain of the virus is only 34%, which Fauci called a "poor" match.

The flu is very contagious. The virus is mainly unfold through droplets from cough and sneezes, primarily based totally on health officers who add the handiest draw to guard against each and every influenza A and B viruses is by getting vaccinated each and every year.

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