How Effective Is The Flu Vaccine
You keep hearing stories about how horrible the flu strain is this year, did you get a flu shot?
This years flu vaccines reduce the chance of getting the flu by about 1/3rd, but are just 25% effective against the nasty strain causing the most misery. That comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a typical season, vaccines prevent 4o percent to 60 percent of flu cases serious enough to send people to Doctors offices. This year those vaccines are preventing 36% of those illnesses. Even with those numbers in mind, Flu experts were quick to say that the vaccines remain worthwhile.
This years vaccine is more effective on children. The worst recent year for vaccines was 2014-2015, when the CDC reported a 19% flu prevention rate and blamed a mismatch between the strain in the vaccine and the ones causing the illness.
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