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Flu season winding down in Michigan

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Flu Chart tracking flu visits in Michigan in various years, including the most recent years and some of the worst of the last decade. 
The dark black line represents this year. 
(courtesy Michigan Department of Community Health)
Flu Chart tracking flu visits in Michigan in various years, including the most recent years and some of the worst of the last decade. The dark black line represents this year. (courtesy Michigan Department of Community Health)

Earlier this season we were looking for a reason why the flu came on like gangbusters this fall. Why it just took off like a wildfire, peaking early, claiming lives of both the old and the young, closing schools and making headlines.

Now we may have one answer. This year’s Flu shot was less effective than previous ones, preventing the flu only 56% of the time.

The CDC’s Tom Skinner says for seniors,  it was only 27% effective overall and only 9% effective at preventing the nasty H3N2 strain, which had the worst symptoms.

They still recommend you get the shot. The flu season isn’t over and when you are talking about hundreds of thousands of potential victims, any protection at all is better than nothing.

 

 

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