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January 11, 2013
True, it doesn't work all the time, but it is worth doing anyway. Over time you'll benefit more if you do it consistently every year. Also, it takes a couple of weeks for immunity to take hold. If you happen to get exposed in that window, there's a chance you could get sick anyway.
Our kids both had the shot early then caught and spread the flu to their mom and then me their dad over several weeks!!
5. The flu shot doesn't work
It doesn't work all the time, but it does confer some level of protection. For example, the CDC says preliminary data for the 2010-2011 season show that it was about 60% effective for all age groups combined, and studies for earlier years found protection rates of up to 90%.
Get vaccinated--not just for your sake, but for those around you. The more people who are vaccinated the harder it is for the virus to spread.
6-Is it too late to get the vaccine?
No. Vaccination can help as long as flu viruses are circulating. Though CDC recommends you get vaccinated as soon as vaccine is available in the fall, it "can still be protective to get vaccinated in December or later. Influenza is unpredictable and seasons can vary. Seasonal influenza disease usually peaks in January or February most years, but disease can occur as late as May."
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