Bird Flu Alarm

Understanding Avian Influenza

Will getting a flu shot this year afford any protection against a future pandemic avian influenza virus?

No. The annual influenza vaccine is targeted against specific influenza strains predicted from the previous year.

Yearly seasonal flu shots are not even effective against next year's influenza strains, let alone against a future emerging pandemic strain.
Of course MED encourages everyone to have the seasonal vaccine every year to prevent flu.


Understanding Avian Influenza