Study finds flu shots less effective than hoped

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – That special time of year is creeping closer and closer. We’re not talking the holidays. It’s flu season again, it comes this time every year and the smarty’s from the University of Minnesota have some not so great news about staying flu free.

To avoid getting sick most of us run to the doctor or drug store, get a flu shot or that nasal spray stuff, and we’re good to go! Right?

Michael Osterholm from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy says no. In fact, Osterholm and his researches say flu shots only protect adults 59% of the time and it doesn’t protect kids and the elderly at all. The nasal spray did better, protecting adults 83% of the time, but it didn’t work on the little ones or the elderly either.

So, it’s clear we’ve got our work cut out for us when it comes to protecting ourselves from getting sick. Or, hope you’ve still got some sick days left this year!