Health Department reacts to CDC’s flu vaccine findings

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The State Health Department has issued a statement following the Centers for Control and Prevention’s ruling about the effectiveness of this season’s flu vaccine.

Last week he CDC ruled the vaccines are only 56 percent effective overall.  For those 65 and older, though, the vaccine has been only 9 percent effective.

“The new information about the effectiveness of this season’s flu vaccine might seem discouraging, but it’s important to note that getting the flu vaccine can significantly reduce hospitalizations and deaths, even if it doesn’t protect from flu in all cases,” the state health commissioner said in a statement Friday.

So far, 61 Hoosiers have died from flu-related complications.

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