Latest Flu Vaccine Data: Nearly 60% Effective

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that the preliminary flu vaccine effectiveness was 59% for this season. This number means that the risk of patients who have had their flu shots seeing a doctor for flu-related reasons was almost 60% less than for others.

But the flu season is far from over. A typical flu season lasts about 13 weeks, and this year’s season started later than usual with peaks in flu activity beginning in mid January. The chief of CDC’s Epidemiology and Prevention Branch believes that activity is increasing and will continue for several more weeks.

The flu season takes about two weeks to build up in your system to give you adequate protection from the flu virus. That’s why it’s important to get your flu vaccine now, if you haven’t already. A yearly flu vaccine helps to prevent seasonal flu, which can cause severe illness and even death.

Most pharmacies and providers offer several vaccine options, such as the traditional shot, the nose spray, and different numbers of viral strands. There are also quick and easy flu clinics, so make sure to get your shot today. It will not only protect you from getting the flu but also help prevent you from spreading it to others.

About the Author

Julie Kaplan, Pharm. D.
Julie Kaplan is a licensed pharmacist in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from The College of William and Mary and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has experience in patient communication from working as a retail pharmacist.