CDC warns too few people have got the flu shot this year – meaning this year’s impending outbreak could be even worse than we thought

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Flu shot rates are lower than hoped this year, new CDC figures reveal as America hurtles towards one of the worst flu seasons in years.

A report published today shows the rate of adults getting vaccinated against influenza this year has dropped 3.7 percent, meaning just a third of adults and children are protected. 

And just a third of pregnant women have received the shot.  

It may not sound like a disaster, since this year’s flu shot is only 10 percent effective against the difficult-to-stop H3N2 strain.

However, doctors insist we cannot underestimate the importance of ‘herd immunity’, and that the shot may be more effective as lessening illness in those who do get sick.

 

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