So far there have been 1,545 cases of the flu reported in Missouri. "This suggests that MA may be having an earlier start". It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to build up and protect against the flu.
Right now, four states have widespread flu activity. "The only time my husband and I ever got them, we've never been so sick in our lives so we've been avoiding them like the plague", said Tiffany King, who doesn't get a flu shot.
The vaccine is then created months before flu season is in full swing to leave room for production and delivery.
"They feel that their flu shot wasn't as effective with their circulating virus", Hendrix said. "Historically the H3N2 virus tends to produce a more robust inflammatory response and can cause more illnesses".
Health officials are basing numbers off data from Australia, which typically sets a pattern for what the US will face.
"This is the time to get a flu shot", said Mills.
"We don't really know how well the shot will work on the circulating strain now in the Northern hemisphere".
The vaccine still protects against other flu strains. It helps your body fight off infection from the flu virus, keeping you and your family happy and healthy all season long.
"They will start to change just enough to kind of get around the fact that person has been vaccinated and still potentially be able to infect people in that community", Goforth explained.