How effective is this year’s Flu shot vaccine?


THE FLU SEASON OFFICALLY ARRIVED WITH THE START OF OCTOBER. 22NEWS REPORTER HECTOR MOLINA IS LIVE IN THE STUDIO… TO EXPLAIN HOW EFFECTIVE THIS YEAR’S VACCINE WILL BE. HECTOR: ACCORDING TO THE STATE’S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, THE FLU VACCINATION IS NOT A GUARANTEE BUT HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE STILL RECOMMENDING THAT YOU SHOULD GET ONE. MASSACHUSETTS HAD AMONG THE NATION’S HIGHEST FLU VACCINATION RATES FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS LAST YEAR . LAST YEAR, 81 PERCENT OF MASSACHUSETTS CHILDREN AGES 6 MONTHS THROUGH 17 YEARS OLD HAD A FLU VACCINATION. THIS YEAR FLU SURVEILLANCE REPORTING BEGAN FRIDAY AND STATE OFFICIALS REPORTED 82 LAB-CONFIRMED FLU CASES SINCE THE START OF SEPTEMBER. DR. DANIEL SKIEST AT BAYSTATE TOLD 22NEWS HOW THE FLU VARIES FROM YEAR TO YEAR. THERE’S DIFFERENT STRAINS OF THE FLU THAT CAUSE DISEASES. INFLUENZA A AND INFLUENZA B. SOME YEARS WE AHVE MOSTLY A AND A LITTLE B. LAST YEAR WE HAD TWO PEAKS WE HAD A IN THE BEGINNING AND THEN B. THE VACCINE COVERED IT FAIRLY WELL ABOUT 40-50% HECTOR: FOR THE 2018-2019 US FLU SEASON, WHICH BEGAN IN OCTOBER AND ENDED IN MAY OF 2018, PRELIMINARY NUMBERS FROM THE CDC ESTIMATE THERE WERE NEARLY 42 MILLION CASES OF FLU, NEARLY 650,000 HOSPITALIZATIONS AND MORE THAN 60,000 FLU DEATHS. HECTOR: THE US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION RECOMMENDS THAT PEOPLE GET A FLU VACCINE BY THE

2 thoughts on “How effective is this year’s Flu shot vaccine?

  1. I am 65 and I have never had the flu or ever taken a flu shot/vaccine. It is you're call if your interested in NOT knowing the results of this shot. I understand all the shots "'"introduce" the flu virus into you system.

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