The 2015 Flu Vaccine May Be A Lot Better Than Previous Versions, But Are Americans Accepting It?

The 2015 flu vaccine is being touted as a far better option than last year’s ill-equipped version. However, the biggest hurdle may not be the vaccine, but the people who truly need it.

The 2015 flu vaccine has been prepped for mass-inoculations, and health officials are confident that the flu shots will be a lot more effective in limiting the spread of influenza. Though the vaccine should protect the people who have willingly accepted the vaccination, the common concern isn’t the efficacy of the vaccine, but the acceptance rate towards vaccinations.

The 2015 flu season is almost here and is expected to start in October. Though it peaks between December and February, it means people should, and are being strongly advised, to get vaccinated now. The last year’s debacle is still fresh in people’s mind and was cumbersome, especially for those who got vaccinated and still got the flu.

Essentially, last year’s flu vaccine turned out to be hugely ineffective, primarily because of the sneaky and rapidly mutating influenza virus that evolved to survive the standard formulation. The fact that the dominant strain of flu, referred to as Type A strain, mutated after batches of the vaccine were already formulated and on their way to inoculation centres, certainly didn’t help.

While most years, the flu vaccine is 50 to 60 percent effective, last year, the flu vaccine’s effectiveness plummeted to a measly 13 percent.

The 2015 flu vaccine is certainly better as it contains protection against that dominant strain and other variants that specialists consider most likely to spread, reported MSN. While the effectiveness of the vaccine has certainly been boosted and is said to cover a wide variety of the influenza strains, the Centers for Disease Control or CDC, is concerned more about the population that strongly detests and refrains from getting inoculated, and stop the heath officials from vaccinating their kids as well.

CDC records indicate that, each year, the flu kills about 24,000 people in the United States. Still, less than half of Americans opt for annual flu immunization. Surprisingly, the least likely people to get vaccinated are young adults aged between 18 and 49. Is it their prejudice against vaccinations or good health, that prevents them from getting the flu vaccine?

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