Massive flu outbreak not deterred by fake vaccine

There are large outbreaks of the flu, despite widespread administration of the flu vaccine.  How can this be? Officials said that this flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years. The rate of flu hospitalizations – the number of people hospitalized with flu per 100,000 – nearly doubled last week compared with the previous week.  Last week it was 22.7 per 100,000 people; the week before that[, the] rate was 13.7. Officials feared that the flu vaccine may not work particularly well this season, but it appears to be faring slightly better than expected. Preliminary testing by the CDC suggests [that] the vaccine is probably more protective than it was in Australia during its 2017 winter.  The Australian interim estimate suggested [that] the H3N2 component of the vaccine – and H3N2 was the main virus there during their most recent winter – was only about 10 percent effective. That means if...(Read Full Post)