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QOD: Should my family still get the flu shot even though it’s not working?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity remains high throughout the United States and is not likely at it’s peak yet. 

Influenza, like flavors of ice cream, comes in many varieties. Each year the flu shot attempts to predict and then include the “correct” varieties to protect against. This year, the most common strain of flu that is being seen is an Influenza A (H3N2) which does not match any of the strains in the vaccine.

The CDC released a report in January indicating that the vaccine effectiveness is hovering at approximately 23 percent, which is lower than in past influenza seasons. Nevertheless, it is important for anyone over the age of 6 months to be vaccinated. There are other strains of influenza circulating and the vaccine can lower your family’s risk of catching those strains. Should you receive the vaccine but still get sick, your doctor will help decide if an anti-viral medication is appropriate.

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