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Scary Warning For This Year’s Flu Shots

The CDC is being left to make a startling and damning admission they don’t want to make.

According to the federal agency this  year’s flu shot is expected to be far less effective than it was expected to be, this coming on the heels of an admission last year where they had to confess the same thing.

Their predictions are the vaccine will only be able to effectively fight the new, dominant flu strain (H3N2) about 18% of the time. Meaning there is a greater chance than in recent years if you get the flu shot you’re still going to get the flu.

Perhaps the most startling news is how ineffective the shot is against the flu in young children. It’s been shown that in children who are two to eight years old the overall effectiveness rate is a staggering 15%, one of the lowest effectiveness rates ever.

Officials are worried that these protection rates aren’t enough to help the people who the shots are being given to.

Also this:

It is a matter of concern for experts and health officials, who think that low protection level is because the viruses are mutated and appear to be different than being covered by the vaccine. The choice of strains to be included in the vaccine is made many months before, so that manufacturers get sufficient amount of time to make sufficient amount of vaccines.

It has been found that the flu strain H3N2 that has been circulating was not factored into this season’s vaccine as the decision was already taken in February 2014. But experts affirmed that the new strain of H3N2 was seen for the first time in March 2014 and has become dominant one in September 2014. By that time, it had become too late to be included in the new vaccine.

With last year being one of the worst flu seasons on record this years announcement does not bode well for people with compromised immune systems.

Earlier in the year the CDC was confident their new vaccine was going to be quite effective against the flu.

That’s because the effectiveness of the vaccine last year was only 23%. Now that it’s only going to be
18-15% we’re looking at a pretty poor showing.

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