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<p>With this year’s flu vaccine much less effective than hoped, with a migration of the predominant strain from the predicted strain, EDs in some regions are getting slammed with patients presenting with flu-like symptoms. Further, even hospitals with mandatory flu vaccination policies are having to scramble to cover the shifts of emergency personnel out sick with one of this year’s vaccine-resistant strains. </p>

With flu numbers among staff increasing, hospitals report challenges, need for vigilance

With a less-effective vaccine, health officials say children and the chronically ill are more vulnerable to the virus