Much improvement over last year, which is good. I'm glad we went ahead and got both our kids (and ourselves) vaccinated for the flu this yearSo far, people who got the vaccine were 59 percent less likely to get sick with influenza than people who didn't, the CDC said.
"This means that getting a flu vaccine this season reduced the risk of having to go to the doctor because of flu by nearly 60 percent," said the CDC's Dr. Joseph Bresee. "It's good news and underscores the importance and the benefit of both annual and ongoing vaccination efforts this season."
CDC experts told the vaccine advisers that this year's formula provided 51 percent effectiveness against the H1N1 viruses responsible for most flu illness this season. They reduced illness from influenza B viruses by 76 percent. The vaccine also protects against H3N2 flu but there haven't been enough cases of H3N2 yet to determine how well it's worked.