Flu shot effectiveness results released

Flu shot effectiveness results released

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Preliminary results on how well this year’s flu vaccine has worked so far were released on Wednesday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overall influenza vaccine effectiveness is 59 percent this season. That means getting a flu shot this year reduced the risk of a doctor visit due to flu by nearly sixty percent.

Officials say flu activity started a bit later this season, and they expect it to continue for several weeks. An annual vaccine is recommended as the best way to prevent the flu, which can result in serious illness or even death. Click here to view more information about the CDC’s results.

For more information about the flu and flu vaccines, you can visit the sites listed below.

  • FLU.gov – information about the flu from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • HealthMap Vaccine Finder – find out where you can get vaccinated nearby
  • MDHHS Influenza Website – information about the flu from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services