CDC: Flu Shots Less Than 50 Percent Effective This Year
THIS SEASON'S FLU VACCINE IS 47% EFFECTIVE, WHICH IS ABOUT NORMAL
(CNN) – “I always get sick when i get the flu shot.”
Admit it, you’ve either said that, or are friends with someone who has.
Well, it turns out, that sentiment may not be entirely wrong.
You can’t actually get the flu from the shot, but it’s not so hot at preventing infection, either.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this season’s flu shot is 47% effective at preventing the disease.
It is better for children under 17, with a 61% rate and worse for adults 50-year-old or over with just a 24%effectiveness.
It’s actually about par for the course, over the past few seasons, the rate has fluctuated between 19% and 48%.
But it’s not all bad news for the flu vaccine.
Even when it doesn’t prevent infection, people who are vaccinated generally get less severe symptoms for shorter periods of time.
Every little bit can help, the flu kills thousands of people in the U.S. each year.
The CDC says there are still several weeks left in the current flu season and advises most people to get vaccinated.