Flu vaccine only 36 percent effective

Flu vaccine only 36 percent effective

"And I am anxious for the other people who may have been exposed to it".

But Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the agency's influenza division, stressed earlier this month that getting the flu shot is still worthwhile, especially for kids. Children who were vaccinated cut their risk of getting the flu in half even against the H3N2 strain-results that are "better than we were expecting", Schuchat said. This is wrong. It is a false assumption based around the idea that if the vaccination is not 100 percent effective, it isn't doing anything at all.

Federal health officials say that, as they anticipated, the flu vaccine isn't very effective this year - but they say it has still prevented thousands of serious illnesses and deaths.

This kind of virus tends to cause more suffering and have been responsible for the worst recent flu seasons.

"CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination because the vaccine can still prevent some infections with now circulating influenza viruses, which are expected to continue circulating for several weeks", the agency said in its report. Among all hospitalizations, over 86% were associated with influenza A, and among patients where subtype was available, over 86% of those were associated with influenza A (H3N2).

Influenza A (H3N2) comprised about 70% of influenza infections this year, and interim vaccine efficacy against this strain was only 25%, CDC researchers said. It was better against the other viruses, at 67 percent against H1N1 and 42 percent against influenza B viruses, she said.

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"Call your local parish health unit, and if you don't know which one is local to you, you can go on the LDH Fight the Flu website, and find which location is closest to you".

Flu vaccines are a cocktail - they protect against either three or four strains of flu.

Even when it doesn't work well, the flu vaccine can save many lives. The Mayo Clinic cites many other causes of flu-like symptoms which may surface such as unexpected flu strains, other illnesses and the two-week lag between receiving the shot and being protected from the virus.

Those worst affected were children and young teenagers as well as people over 65. Influenza B is more common in children than in adults.

Federal health officials urged Americans repeatedly to get a flu vaccine.

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