CDC: Flu vaccine 62% Effective

As the flu continues to make people sick nationwide, there’s growing concern about how well the vaccine is working.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday they estimate the vaccine is 62 percent effective.

The vaccine is produced months ahead of flu season so experts said it’s impossible to predict exactly what kind of virus we’ll be dealing with when it hits.

“Even a 60 percent chance is better that you won’t have the symptoms than if you do no vaccine and then you’re at total risk,” said Ken Rogers, a pharmacist at Stone Plaza Pharmacy.

The CDC said 128 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed and initial plans called for drug makers to produce about 135 million.

The CDC said some providers have been running out of vaccines, but insists they are still available. Representatives from the organization recommend if a pharmacy or doctor’s office runs out, you may have to call another location or go to your local health department.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control officials said vaccines are still available at their public health clinics and should they run out, they have access to extra doses.


4 comments on “CDC: Flu vaccine 62% Effective

  1. Good catch, Phoebes.
    I hadn’t been paying attention to this – good to know…

    I’ve gotten the flu twice in the past 13 years: BOTH TIMES after I was vaccinated. And those were the ONLY times I’ve been vaccinated over that same stretch of time.

    Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be getting a shot this year.

  2. I have only had the flu once in 20 years and have never gotten a flu shot even though I’m one of those “at risk” people. I do get a pneumonia shot every 5 years, it’s not the flu that kills you, it’s usually pneumonia.

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