Scientists have been working on a new vaccine for the upcoming flu season and it is expected to the best one yet.
CNN reports that pharmaceutical companies and public health officials are working hard on making and distributing the new flu vaccine across the U.S. Only about 60% of those vaccinated with the current flu shot have a reduced risk of contracting the seasonal illness, but health officials hope that the new vaccine will raise that number.
One of the problems with treating influenza is the fact that the disease is constantly evolving and flu shots usually focus on one strand of the disease. The new vaccine will target a more stable part of the virus that barely vary from strand to strand, thus making it more of a universal flu shot than current vaccines.
Somewhere between 3,000 and 49,000 people die from influenza every year in the U.S., but that number reaches 500,000 when you look at the rest of the world. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced that all American children over 6 months old need to be vaccinated as soon as possible to ensure their health.