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Why is this years flu epidemic so bad when almost half the country has been vaccinated? Cdc estimates 128-162 million doses administered.

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Just the way it is

Prior doctors answering was incorrect.
.The flu vaccine is 60% effective. But just because you get it doesn't mean you won't get the flu. Also..The vaccine for the current year is constructed from last years strain. Strains change (antigenic shift and drift..Plus outright mutations).

In brief: Just the way it is

Prior doctors answering was incorrect.
.The flu vaccine is 60% effective. But just because you get it doesn't mean you won't get the flu. Also..The vaccine for the current year is constructed from last years strain. Strains change (antigenic shift and drift..Plus outright mutations).
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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Dr. Kristi Kohl
Per AAFP: More than 90 percent of the influenza viruses that the CDC have analyzed match the viruses included in the 2012-2013 influenza vaccine. The agency said people who are immunized are 62 percent less likely to need medical care for the flu than those who are not. As per Dr. Riganotti's answer, that clearly is effective though it's frustrating to not have complete protection when you do what you are supposed to.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Flu shots don't work

This is more evidence that the flu vaccine is largely ineffective.
This is the belief of many esteemed scientists who have analyzed the data from multiple studies. I believe that taking vitamin d and n-acetyl cysteine is a more effective way to reduce chances of getting the flu! see http://well.Blogs.Nytimes.Com/2012/11/05/reassessing-flu-shots-as-the-season-draws-near/?Smid=fb-share and comment:.

In brief: Flu shots don't work

This is more evidence that the flu vaccine is largely ineffective.
This is the belief of many esteemed scientists who have analyzed the data from multiple studies. I believe that taking vitamin d and n-acetyl cysteine is a more effective way to reduce chances of getting the flu! see http://well.Blogs.Nytimes.Com/2012/11/05/reassessing-flu-shots-as-the-season-draws-near/?Smid=fb-share and comment:.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
An article on the hazards of flu vaccine, including reduced immune function: http://www.naturalnews.com/024624_flu_the_shot.html A recent article by Joseph Mercola on downsides of the flu vaccine: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/03/flu-shot-increase-flu.aspx Natural ways to prevent & treat the flu: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-r-gaby-md/natural-flu-remedies_b_2481102.html
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Vaccines is 60% effective. This is not what I would call largely ineffective. While vitamin D can help..vaccination is the key to health. Please stick your specialty in answering questions.
Dr. Kristi Kohl
Family Medicine

In brief: Natural disasters?

The country's infrastructure for giving flu shots to those at highest risk was disrupted by natural disasters (hurricane sandy in the eastern shoreboard, droughts in the midwest).
I believe this led to those at highest risk (the poor, those with chronic diseases, or those most affected by the natural disasters) not being able to get the shot. Just a guess though!

In brief: Natural disasters?

The country's infrastructure for giving flu shots to those at highest risk was disrupted by natural disasters (hurricane sandy in the eastern shoreboard, droughts in the midwest).
I believe this led to those at highest risk (the poor, those with chronic diseases, or those most affected by the natural disasters) not being able to get the shot. Just a guess though!
Dr. Kristi Kohl
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