The Effectiveness of the Flu Vaccine between 2012 - 2015

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 25th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article was originally published in 2012 and updated for today. Last year's flu vaccine missed the mark and 2012 the flu vaccine had to be recalled.

Novartis flu vaccine recall in Europe and Canada

Published in 2012

The flu season is approaching and people are urged to get their shots. However, the flu vaccine produced by Norvartis is being called into question. The first recall happened in Germany. It is believed that the Norvartis flu vaccine might contained some identified particles. Though the German authorities are not sure if the virus contains harmful contaminants they are not taking any chances.

Norvartis flu vaccine

Switzerland has followed suit and is waiting on the findings before distributing the flu vaccine to their residents as well. Britain's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, said they did not find anything wrong with the flu vaccine.

The scare has crossed the ocean into Canada. Healthcare Canada has suspended the use of the Norvartis flu vaccine because of what has been happening in Europe. The Western provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are affected. Fluad and Agriflu are vaccines that will be suspended, mainly due to Italy finding virus particles in the vaccines.

Health Canada is telling distributors of these Norvartis flu vaccines to wait until a full investigation has been done before proceeding with the immunizations. Fluad is mainly given to seniors because it contains an agent that boosts the immune system of older people. Agriflu is the Norvartis vaccine that is given to the general population.

Twenty percent of Canada’s flu vaccines are Norvartis flu vaccine. However, most of the flu vaccines are made by GlaxoSmithKline.

The importance of flu vaccines

Though the above mentioned provinces have suspended the immunizations from Norvartis flu vaccine Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab, said that all the flu vaccine clinics will be closed in that province.

Dr. Shahab goes on to say that anyone who has already had the shot shouldn’t be concerned. No adverse effects of this vaccine have been reported in Europe so far. Saskatchewan is the only province that distributes 100 percent of the Norvartis flu vaccine to their residents.

Flu vaccines are important and they do prevent the spread of the flu, missed days at school or work because of the flu, and in some cases death. Health Canada also reported that this sort of thing happens to flu vaccines and is harmless. Canadians are urged to go ahead and get their flu shots without worry.

Get the flu vaccine anyway

Update on flu vaccine 2015

According to Centers for Diseases and Control, "It’s not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another."

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The vaccine for flu varies as the flu itself varies. It is sometime hard to mix the chemical mix when scientists have to guess what the flu will be like in any given year. Last year in 2014, the flu vaccine was not a good mix and it failed for the most part.

CTV News reports that,
"There are three types of influenza viruses: A, B and C. Human influenza A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics in North America almost every winter, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Traditional seasonal flu shots -- known as trivalent vaccines --are configured to protect against two A strains, H3N2 and H1N1, and one of two B-lineage influenza viruses."

Scientists are concerned fewer people will be getting the flu vaccine because of its poor performance last year; but still urge that everyone get it. This years flu vaccine still can help many people from contracting a bad case of the flu.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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