CDC determines last year's flu vaccine effective more than half the time

08/13/2004 |

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said its study of the efficacy of last year's influenza vaccine shows it was 52% effective in preventing the flu. The CDC said that although the vaccine provided substantial protection, it was not as effective as previous vaccines, which have been as much as 90% effective when the flu strain and vaccine are well-matched.

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