The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admits yet again that last year’s flu vaccine failed to protect the most vulnerable among us. Flu-related hospitalizations were at an all time high in the winter of 2016-2017 for adults 65 and older. The CDC reports that last year’s flu vaccine was roughly 42 percent effective overall for preventing the kind of serious illness that leads to doctor’s visits and hospitalizations. Worse yet, the CDC confessed that last year’s shot was essentially ineffective for the group of people who are hit hardest by the flu – those 65 and older. The winter was dominated by flu strain, Type A H3N2, which seems to cause more serious illness and death than other flu strains. Even though the vaccine was well matched with the flu strains going around last year, it was a total failure.
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