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Influenza vaccine 48% effective in US

Influenza vaccine 48% effective in US
February 24, 2017

Read the Perspective from Donald Kaye, MD, MACP

New interim estimates indicate that the influenza vaccine is 48% effective in the United States. Meanwhile, influenza activity remains elevated in many parts of the country, and the number of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza continue to be higher than the epidemic threshold, according to a pair of CDC reports.

“Annual influenza vaccination is the first and best defense to protect against influenza infection,” Lenee Blanton, MPH, of the CDC’s Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, and colleagues wrote in a recent MMWR. “Even during seasons when [vaccine effectiveness (VE)] is reduced, vaccination can offer substantial benefit and might reduce the likelihood of severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death.”

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