THURSDAY, February 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Despite the severe flu season taking place in the United States, a new government report provides good news: This year's vaccines are working well against virus back in circulation.
"Estimates of preliminary vaccine efficacy indicate that the 2019-20 influenza vaccine is providing significant protection benefits, especially among children who have severe influenza this season," researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
"The flu vaccine is reducing flu-related doctor visits by about 45% overall and (by) 55% in children," the new report said.
What does that do for the rest of the season?
Similar preliminary estimates in other flu seasons translate into an overall effect ranging from 40% to 60%, according to a report published February 21 in the CDC publication. Report weekly morbidity and mortality.
Because of the remarkable success of the vaccine this season, the CDC continues to recommend that anyone 6 months of age and older can still get the vaccine if they haven't already, "because of ongoing influenza activity and the vaccine. -xin can still prevent illness, hospitalization and death, "the report said.
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