Flu Shots for Elderly Only 9 Percent Effective

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 file photo, Carlos Maisonet, 73, reacts as Dr. Eva Berrios-Colon, a professor at Touro College of Pharmacy, injects him with flu vaccine during a visit to the faculty practice center at Brooklyn Hospital in New York. Health officials said Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 this season's flu shot was only 9 percent effective in protecting seniors against the most common and dangerous flu bug. Flu vaccine tends to protect younger people better than older ones and is never 100 percent effective. But experts say the preliminary results are disappointing and highlight the need for a better vaccine. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    Flu shot given at Brooklyn Hospital in New York. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

    Flu season is hardly over. But as people continue to queue up at doctors’ offices and pharmacies to get the vaccine, there is one thing the older set should consider: for senior citizens—the group for which the flu poses the biggest threat—shots are only 9 percent effective. This year, people older than 65 have been hospitalized for the flu at the highest rate in a decade, and this new discovery by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could be why.

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