So if you are on the fence about getting a flu shot, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says this year may the one you want to take the plunge.
The CDS says interim influenza vaccine effectiveness estimates for the 2016–17 season indicate that vaccination reduced the risk for influenza-associated medical visits by 50 percent.
And it’s not too late. Flu activity is likely to continue for several more weeks in the U.S. “Vaccination efforts should continue as long as influenza viruses are circulating,’ the CDC said Friday.
Persons under the age of six who have not yet received the 2016–17 influenza vaccine should be vaccinated as soon as possible, the CDC states.
As of February 3, 2017, approximately 145 million doses of influenza vaccine have been distributed this flu season in the U.S.