Getting A Flu Shot Is A Crap Shoot After All

Have you ever gotten a flu shot and still wound up sicker than a dog with the flu?

Umm, yeah, I have.
Now I see why.

It seems at best, you have just a bit better than a 50/50 chance the damn thing is going to work!
The older you get, the less effective it is and in a recent government study, if you are over 65 , your chances of the flu shot actually immunizing you from the three most prevalent virus strains of that particular year are only Nine Percent.

ATLANTA — For those 65 and older, this season’s flu shot is only 9 percent effective against the most common and dangerous flu bug, according to a startling new government report.

Flu vaccine tends to protect younger people better than older ones and never works as well as other kinds of vaccines. But experts say the preliminary results for seniors are disappointing and highlight the need for a better vaccine.

For all age groups, the vaccine’s effectiveness is moderate at 56 percent, which is nearly as well as other flu seasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

For those 65 and older, it is 27 percent effective against the three strains in the vaccine, the lowest in about a decade but not far below from what’s expected. But the vaccine did a particularly poor job of protecting older people against the harshest flu strain, which is causing most of the illnesses this year. CDC officials say it’s not clear why.

Every damn year, there is a flu bug that goes around and the people who get it either can’t afford the time off or don’t have sick pay to begin with and the vicious cycle begins.
Everywhere I have worked it is the same, it’s like a fucking daycare center.
This year is no exception, there has been two go rounds already where I work and I got the first one and was flat on my back for days. I am currently either fighting an different one or have built up some but not enough immunity and have had some low grade symptoms over a week now.

So if you ever had that nagging suspicion they were blowing up your skirt telling you you need a god damn flu shot, you were absolutely right.

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2 thoughts on “Getting A Flu Shot Is A Crap Shoot After All

  1. CDC knows why, but doesn’t want to admit it in public. There’s anywhere from 15-30 significant flu strains wandering around the world at any one time. They can put up to 5 different varieties into that flu shot, more than that will cause health problems. The flu vaccine composition is determined months before the flu season starts.

    They take their best guess at which strains will be the most spread and/or the most dangerous (different strains go after different age groups), and order up the flu vaccine for the year. Sometimes they pick poorly.

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