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Battling strains: Flu vaccine and its effectiveness

February 4, 2013

 

 

The flu season, which usually starts in February, began earlier than usual this year, and many agree that getting vaccinated is the best protection against getting sick and spreading the disease. However, health officials note that the latest influenza vaccine is only 62 percent effective in abating the symptoms of flu. That is just a modest estimate.
 

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“Sixty two percent is far less than we wish it would be, but it’s [that] the glass is 62% full, or we have a 62% reduction in the number of people who would be going to the doctor if they hadn’t been vaccinated. So it’s certainly well worth the effort,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said.
 

 

Because of the vaccine’s relatively low effectiveness rate, CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone aged 6 months and older. Moreover, vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including:

• Pregnant women

• Older adults

• Young children

• Those with chronic medical conditions, including asthma, AIDS, and obesity

 

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Having a flu shot generally protects anyone from coming down with a flu. Although the vaccine does not ensure total protection, it’s definitely worth getting.

Satori World Medical’s website presents more information on health care.

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