Flu Vaccines: A Long Shot, But Better Than Nothing

November 30, 2016

Cal Alumni Association: With the CDC admitting that last year’s flu shot was a considerable bust and other emerging research challenging the shot’s efficacy, some are questioning if they should even bother. Dr. John Swartzberg, UC Berkeley professor of public health and Editorial Board Chair of Berkeley Wellness, weighs in on the efficacy of the flu shot.  Some years, flu vaccines protect 70 percent of the population—other years, only 20 percent. Compare these results to something like the measles vaccine, which prevents measles in 95 percent of people who get it, and that’s a pretty wide margin of error.

 

Read the full article on the Cal Alumni Association website.