FLU SHOT ONLY 9 PERCENT EFFECTIVE FOR THOSE 65-PLUS, SAYS U.S. REPORT

Feb 22, 2013

By Jane Brown

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This season’s flu shot appears to be providing very little protection for older people against the most common and dangerous form of influenza.  The U.S. Centres for Disease Control has issued a report which says this year’s flu shot is only 9 percent effective for those 65 and older.  For all age groups, the vaccine’s effectiveness is a moderate 56 percent.

The flu vaccine tends to protect younger people better than the elderly and is never 100 percent effective.  In recent years, a number of studies have shown that the flu vaccine doesn’t work as well as had been previously believed.

The flu shot is available free of charge in Ontario.  In addition to doctor’s offices and flu clinics, most pharmacies in Ontario offer the flu shot.

 

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