70°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3 Day Outlook
Fri
87°
67°
20%
Sat
87°
57°
10%
Sun
76°
51°
20%

Latest Weather Blog

Follow our weather team on social media

Flu shot did poor job against worst bug in seniors

2 years ago Thursday, February 21, 2013 9:08:26 AM CST February 21, 2013 Thursday, February 21 2013 Feb 21, 2013 in News
Source: Associated Press

ATLANTA- Health officials say this season's flu shot is only 9 percent effective in protecting seniors against the most common and dangerous flu bug.

Flu vaccine tends to protect younger people better than older ones and is never 100 percent effective. But experts say the preliminary results released Thursday are disappointing and highlight the need for a better vaccine.

For all age groups, the vaccine's effectiveness was a moderate 56 percent.

But it did a particularly poor job of protecting those 65 and older against a harsh flu strain that is causing most of the illnesses this year. Health officials emphasize that some protection though is better than none at all.

The flu season started early this year but the worst of it is over.

More News

comments powered by Disqus

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
5 Days
Radar
Today
Not Available
70°
66°
Fri
AM Clouds / PM Sun
87°
67°
Sat
Partly Cloudy
87°
57°
Sun
AM Clouds / PM Sun
76°
51°
Mon
PM Showers
79°
65°