The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claimed on Friday that this year’s flu shot is less than 50% effective. The estimated effectiveness of the flu vaccine is estimated at 47% by the agency.
The CDC claims that a person’s age is a driving factor in lower success rates. The agency says that people age 17 or under benefit from the flu shot 61% of the time, while those over age 50 benefit only 24% of the time.
Seeing that the flu is considered more dangerous to those over age 50, the low success rate is prompting concerns of a repeated year of flu shot disaster.
CNN reported the story, but was quick to turn the article into a flu shot benefits piece.