You may have heard we are seeing more early, dangerous flu this year. Not true. Look at CDC’s own figures

No need to run and get that flu shot, the one that is reported to be only 10% effective this year. Yes, the same flu shot that will get me 10% off my grocery bill, if I get vaccinated at the supermarket.

When you consider that a shot this year would likely make shots less effective in the next year, there is no reason at all to get it.

While the flu season is starting early this year, comparable to 2014 (see first CDC graph), deaths from flu and pneumonia are considerably lower than at this time of year in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (second CDC graph).  So:  is it really a bad flu season?

national levels of ILI and ARI

INFLUENZA Virus Isolated

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