Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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3 Facts About the New Flu Strain

Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D. By Tuesday, 09 July 2024 11:54 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

"No strain, no gain" may be the mantra of fitness buffs (better than "no pain, no gain"), but when it comes to understanding what happens to the flu virus year to year, there's a lot of strain to gain solid data, even for researchers.

But you can relax. We’ve got you covered.

Fact 1: There are new mutant strains of the H1N1 flu virus emerging that allow the virus to dodge the antiviral medication oseltamivir (also known as Tamiflu).

Fact 2: Other antivirals remain effective against the new mutant flu viruses — just make sure if you get the flu, you're given one of the effective antivirals.

Fact 3: The really good news is that the flu vaccine still offers a lot of protection against viruses with these mutations, with few risks of serious negative side effects. Everyone 6 months and older qualifies for vaccination.

In March 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that 2024-2025 U.S. flu vaccines be three-component (trivalent), and the current four-component (quadrivalent) flu vaccines no longer need to be included in the formulation.

And there's another new flu shot on the horizon. Moderna is heading for phase 3 trials of a flu/COVID-19 combination vaccine. And recently, the Food and Drug Administration added a recommendation that the shots include the KP.2 strain of COVID-19, a descendant of the highly contagious JN.1 variant.

© King Features Syndicate


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There are new mutant strains of the H1N1 flu virus emerging that allow the virus to dodge the antiviral medication oseltamivir (also known as Tamiflu).
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