This year’s flu shot’s a bust

Or not

Or not

97% ineffective. The vaccine is put together on a best-guess analysis of what a particular year’s virus will be made up of, and that best guess usually yields a 60% success rate – those odds have kept me from bothering to get one all these years, but today’s announcement (buried for weeks) comes at an unfortunate time, given the publicity being given to the anti-childhood vaccine movement. Different issues, but the two will be inevitably conflated.

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13 responses to “This year’s flu shot’s a bust

  1. pulled up in OG

    Buried for weeks, eh? What? Your head?

    Dec 4, 2014 – Flu season is well underway, and the CDC says the flu shot may not be offering as much protection as experts had hoped.

    Jan 16, 2015 – CDC: this season’s flu vaccine only 23% effective.

    TV, print, online – it was out there.

  2. Anonymous

    The government under most previous president’s felt like a Swiss watch compared to the last 6 years. Nobody running, except perhaps KY’s junior senator, would likely screw it up as much. Would take Hillary in a second compared to this guy.

    • AJ

      Hillary of the corkscrew landing, her plane coming under fire in Bosnia; having to duck after disembarking; having to run across the tarmac in a crouch while coming under sniper fire? The whore of Benghazi? She makes Brian Williams look like an amateur.

      Go ahead take Hillary, but be forewarned, like any succubus, she will suck you and the country dry.

    • What does everyone think of all GOP adherents getting vaccinated from the ideas of Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, etc. I wonder if it will work like the flu vaccine; they might get sick, but who knows, it might work!

  3. Anonymous

    Just got back from the pediatrician- son who had the flu shot, has the flu.

  4. Never had a flu shot. Never will. Don’t pop any pills. Don’t take supplements even though doc told me my vitamin D was low. Eat a banana a day. Chaser of chocolate to round out all the important food groups. Can’t think of the last time I was sick. Years upon years. Strong immune system baby. That and an incredible longevity female gene pool in my family. My mom is going into her 97th year and lord, she’s as young and as spry as when she was 47. All her marbles still too. Her mother lived to be 101 and was as healthy as a horse. Gardened ’til the day she died.

  5. GreenITCH

    Even in previous years the Flu vaccination was typically only in the neighborhood of 45 – 60 % effective

  6. Anonymous

    Manufacturers are making vaccines more potent by making the immune adjuvants more powerful or adding more. The problem with this approach is the very young, the nutritionally deficient and the aged, over-stimulating the immune system can have an opposite effect paralyzing the immune system.