Note: Good grief. The spin here is ridiculous. Even if you are completely pro vaccination, this report has got to make you pause before your roll up your sleeve. Can you think of another product outside of maybe a cancer drug, where 10% efficacy is not only acceptable, but the product is still recommended? If the flu is so deadly, as Public Health officials warn, why aren't they screaming that we need a 90% effective flu vaccine? Nope. They just tell the public the vaccine is failing, but hey, go ahead and get it anyway. Why not. "It's better than 0%." Is it?
The upcoming flu season may be a particularly severe one in the U.S., some medical experts warned today, citing preliminary data from Australia, where the flu season is waning.
The flu vaccine used this year in Australia — which has the same composition as the vaccine used in the U.S. — was only 10 percent effective, according to a preliminary estimate, at preventing the strain of the virus that predominantly circulated during the country's flu season,an international team of medical experts wrote in a perspective published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.
"However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated," the team emphasized...