CDC urges early flu treatment as study shows low vaccine effectiveness

January 15, 2015 6:00 PM

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CDC urges early flu treatment as study shows low vaccine effectiveness

ATLANTA – If you get this year’s influenza vaccine, you reduce your chances of winding up in the doctor’s office for flu by 23 percent, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That figure is on the low side of effectiveness for flu vaccines, and confirms earlier speculation among public health officials that this season’s vaccine was a poor match for the dominant viruses in circulation.

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