Vaccine Effectiveness in US May be Higher

By |2018-02-20T14:41:50-06:00February 19, 2018 6:44 am|National Headlines|0 Comments

(KDKZ-TV) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, as of February 3, preliminary numbers show the flu vaccine in the United States was 36 percent effective in preventing influenza A and B this flu season.

The estimate is 25 percent for influenza A (H3N2); 67 percent for influenza A (H1N1); and 42 percent against influenza B.

Widely reported estimates for both Australia and Canada put their vaccine effectiveness around 10 percent.

Young children are at higher risk than most people for severe flu complications that can lead to death. So far this flu season, 63 flu deaths have been reported in children. However, the CDC estimates that the flu vaccine effectiveness is actually higher for children, at 59 percent.

Missouri data shows that the 2017-2018 influenza season may be peaking, but it there are several weeks to go until it’s over. That means there is still time to get the flu vaccine.

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