Flu vaccine no match towards bug that popped up close to finish

ATLANTA — The flu vaccine turned out to be an enormous disappointment once more.

The vaccine didn’t work towards a flu bug that popped up midway by way of the previous flu season, dragging down general effectiveness to 29%, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention reported Thursday.

The flu shot was working effectively early within the season with effectiveness put at 47% in February. However it was nearly nugatory throughout a second wave pushed by a more durable pressure, at simply 9%.


There was “no vital safety” towards that pressure, mentioned the CDC’s Brendan Flannery.

Flu vaccines are made every year to guard towards three or 4 totally different sorts of flu virus. The elements are primarily based on predictions of what strains will make individuals sick the next winter.

This season’s shot turned out to be a mismatch towards the bug that confirmed up late.

That pushed down the general effectiveness to one of many lowest lately. Since 2011, the one season with a decrease estimate was the winter of 2014-2015, when effectiveness was 19%. A mismatch was additionally blamed then.

Vaccines towards another infectious ailments usually are not thought-about profitable except they’re no less than 90% efficient. However flu is especially difficult, partly as a result of the virus can so rapidly change. Total, flu vaccine has averaged round 40%.

Flu photographs are really useful for nearly all People age 6 months or older. Officers say the vaccine continues to be worthwhile since it really works towards some strains, and it possible prevented 40,000 to 90,000 hospitalizations over the winter flu season.

The CDC bases vaccine effectiveness on stopping instances dangerous sufficient to ship somebody to the physician.

— Mike Stobbe