I had brought up the crappy effectiveness of the flu before and got hammered on my own blog. I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-shitty products. This year’s flu is now found to be 23% effective. That sucks, people. And that is my point. Tracking effectiveness of the flu shot is new for the CDC. Why? I have no idea.
The CDC began regularly tracking the effectiveness of the flu vaccine during the 2004-2005 season, but the results for the first few years were from smaller studies and are considered less reliable. Effectiveness has ranged from 47 percent to 60 percent in the last half-dozen years, when studies involved larger numbers of patients.
You will continually lose ground in convincing patients to get the flu shot if the effectiveness is poor. That is reality. So does anyone else think we need a better product?