February 25, 2013
year’s flu season, there is some good news and some bad news. The good news is that despite it being a
particularly bad year for influenza, we are past the worst of the season. The bad news in this year’s flu
vaccine was less than 10% effective for seniors, the most vulnerable population. And the numbers for the general
population under 65 years old was 56%.
While the vaccine’s ineffectiveness, especially for seniors, is
certainly worrisome, the state Department of Health says this news is no reason to avoid the flu shot in the
future. Isaac Kaplan-Woolner spoke with DOH spokesman Tim Church.