How’s everyone doing with the flu this season? The CDC just reported that this year’s vaccine effectiveness is 62%, which is similar to results from clinical trials.
I just read a study of flu over 4 years and 122 flu patients and the research reported that 93% of index cases were children and they passed the illness to adults. 5 index patients got the flu despite being vaccinated (Suess et al. 2012 PL0S one 7(12):e51653). All 21 children that contract the flu from an index patient were symptomatic.
I’d say get your flu shot especially if you have kids < 14 years old. See www.flu.gov for more information.