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Flu Vaccine Effective for Just Half of Those who Got Vaccinated and Failed to Protect Elderly, CDC Says

"We simply need a better vaccine against influenza, one that works better and lasts longer," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Did you get a flu vaccine this year? 

If so, you might be interested to learn it has worked for only about half of those vaccinated this flu season, according to a Reuters report that cites information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

And this year's vaccine failed entirely in protecting the elderly. 

"Experts generally estimate the effectiveness of flu vaccines to be between 50 percent and 70 percent, but this vaccine appears to have fallen on the low side of that range," the report reads. 

While the vaccine is still the best protection available against the flu, CDC Director Thomas Frieden said, we need better vaccines. 

Did you get vaccinated this flu season? What do you think about news of the vaccine's ineffectiveness? Could it affect your decision on whether or not to get vaccinated again? Tell us in comments. 

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Marne M February 22, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Some years are more effective than others. The vaccine is free at my workplace, and I get it every year. This year the flu has been particularly bad. My husband, daughter and son all got the flu (none of them had the shot). Even though I was with them the whole time, I never got it. It was worth it!

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