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JAN 11, 2013 - Time

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Flu Vaccine is 62% Effective, Say Health Officials

Based on early data from flu sufferers, health officials say the current influenza vaccine is 62% effective in reducing symptoms of the disease. That means that those who are vaccinated are 62% less likely to need to see a doctor for their illness compared to those who are not vaccinated. While that’s a relatively low rate compared to those for childhood vaccines, which hover closer to 90% effectiveness and above, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Thomas Frieden said Friday that 62% is “in line with what we expect” with influenza shots, which have to be ... Read More

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