Six "collaboration centres" make the final pick, eight to ten months ahead of the impending flu season.
"We will want to improve things of course, but the pandemic plan we have in place is up to date and I'm confident that if an outbreak happened we'd be in the right position to deal with it".
"Statewide emergency department visits attributed to the flu have decreased for the last four weeks, but at 8.8%, remain well above the baseline level of 5% statewide", health officials said in a press release. Past vaccines have also been less effective against H3N2, and Dr. Gottlieb stated that the FDA is trying to better understand why effectiveness tends to be lower against this strain. The H1N1 swine flu, which killed about 575,400 people in 2009, originated from bird flu mixing with human flu genes at an industrial farm. She obtained a note from her doctor, but was told it wasn't necessary because she had the flu.
Type A flu, which has been more severe, was more common earlier in the season, but there have been more cases of less-severe Type B as the season progressed.
A 3D render of a flu virus.
"In order to best facilitate this shift away from egg-based technology, governments must modernize their partnerships with vaccine manufacturers", said Gilbert Saint Jean, PhD, Healthcare Analyst at GlobalData.
A new vaccine being developed by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles hopes to bring us one step closer to that reality.
The aim is for a universal vaccine to replace the yearly jab, which each year is developed based on predictions from the World Health Organisation.
When it comes to preventing a pandemic, universal vaccine aside, Dingwall warned it can be very hard, once the bug is out there.
You can't get the flu from a flu shot. To avoid giving the flu to others, stay home when you are sick, cough or sneeze into tissues and discard them properly, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an approved hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Despite some improvement in flu statistics, health officials urged the public against complacency.
Multiple flu infections in the same person are rare but not unheard of.