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CDC: It's Not Too Late to Get This Season's Flu Vaccine

January 9, 2015
Politico Pro's Brett Norman today writes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to encourage the public to get the flu vaccine since hospitalizations related to the flu are on the rise.

The article states that flu-related hospitalizations of those over 65 jumped to 92 per 100,000 this week, up from 52 last week.

"The fact that this season’s flu vaccine is poorly matched with the dominant strains circulating makes it more important that the virus is treated early with anti-viral drugs when symptoms arise," CDC Director Tom Frieden said.

In the article, Frieden points out that about two-thirds of the H3N2 flu strains in circulation are not matched by the vaccine this season. Frieden went on to express concern that this hospitalization rate could be similar to levels reached two years ago with H3N2.

Flu season is expected to continue for several weeks.

On its web site, the CDC points out that 'while the flu vaccine may not work as well as usual against some H3N2 viruses, vaccination can still protect some people and reduce hospitalizations and deaths, and will protect against other flu viruses.'

The CDC provides a map of seasonal flu outbreaks, which can be found here. Also, check out this CDC infographic describing the benefits of vaccination. The CDC fact sheet on flu can be found here.

The Politico Pro article can be found here.