Flu Vaccine More Effective in 2015-16; Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine Effectiveness Wanes
February 6, 2017 | Physician Practice News
The seasonal influenza vaccine was 47% effective during the 2015-2016 season, a marked increase from the 19% effectiveness rate during the previous season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Influenza remains widespread in Puerto Rico and 37 states, according to CDC's FluView, a weekly update on influenza activity. Three more children died from flu-related complications during the week of January 18, 2017, bringing the total to eight so far this season. States such as Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee experienced high influenza-like illnesses, while the U.S. Virgin Islands reported no influenza activity.