After the flu season last year ̵
"The flu shot is incredibly important because it reduces the risk of flu, "said Michelle Lin, an emergency medical and emergency medicine professor at Mount Sinai, New York City, told Fox News Thursday.
"It also reduces the risk of complications and passes it on to other people, especially pregnant women, young children and the elderly, who are more susceptible to the virus," she added.
What about the flu season 2018
How long does it take for the vaccine to take effect?
About two weeks, Lin said, during which time your body is developing antibodies to protect you from the virus, Lin said, she and others Health experts have recommended that patients receive the vaccine before the end of October, as the flu season typically peaks between December and February.
PREGNANT WOMEN OBTAINING FLU SHOT ARE LESS PROBABLY CDC SAYS  Lin said vaccine preservation is "better late than never" any season during the season.
How many influenza viruses does the vaccine protect? 9028] Lin said this year's vaccine protects against three or four influenza viruses.
Looking at weather patterns and using statistics and other data, health experts make a well-founded guess which strains are most contagious during each flu season, Lin
"The intake this year should work well if it matches the predicted strains corresponds, "she said.
Mirella Salvatore, infectious disease specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyte As the New York Times reports, strains currently circulating correspond to those of the vaccine. "Even if vaccines do not match circulating strains, they appear to prevent serious illnesses, and studies show that unsurpassed vaccines can prevent millions of hospitalizations."
The Times reported that you can track which strains are currently affected by the weekly influenza virus. Monitoring Report of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What is a common misconception about the flu vaccine?
Although there are many misconceptions about the flu vaccine, "the most common we hear is that it gives people the flu," Lin said.
While reactions to the flu shot may include a low grade fever or muscle aches, vaccine can not cause the flu virus. The shot is made either with a virus that has been "killed" or "inactivated" or prepared with "only a single gene from a flu virus (as opposed to the whole virus) to produce an immune response without causing infection".
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How heavy is this year's flu season?
It's hard to predict how bad the flu season will be year, Lin said. In other words, the influenza season in Australia, in particular, can give experts an idea of how severe the flu season could be in the US – as the US tends to reverberate with Australia in both its severity and its burdens.
The flu season in Australia was relatively mild this year, health experts said.