Flu vaccine not as effective as hoped

7:10 AM, Feb 25, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO - If you didn't catch the flu this year, consider yourself lucky.

According to the CDC, this year's vaccine was just nine-percent effective in protecting individuals 65 and older, who are considered to be among those most at risk. It was only 56-percent effective among adults and children.

Health officials acknowledged they simply need a better, longer-lasting vaccine against influenza.

This year's vaccine was considered to be a good match, but only provided 47-percent protection against the main virus, H3N2.

Another troubling statistic showed the number of people over the age of 65 who were hospitalized because of the flu rose 400 percent from the previous year. During the last year, 146 out of every 100,000 seniors were sent to the hospital due to the flu.

If you avoided the flu all together, and didn't call in sick to work, congratulations to you. More American workers called in sick in January than during any month in the last five years.


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