The CDC predicts that this year’s flu vaccine will be a better match than last year’s for circulating flu strains, making it an even more effective preventive step for Americans to take this flu season.
In most years, the flu vaccine reduces an individual’s odds of getting the flu by 50-60%. Last year’s vaccine was not quite as effective, as it did not account for the H3N2 strain. However, the CDC has accounted for that strain this flu season and expects the vaccine to serve as a stronger measure of prevention.
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The CDC recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone six months and older with rare exception.
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