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Colds and flu

26 October 2011

Flu vaccine isn't foolproof

The most widely used flu vaccine in the United States is only about 60 percent effective in healthy adults, new research indicates.

The most widely used flu vaccine in the United States is only about 60 percent effective in healthy adults, new research indicates.

The findings are in line with other recent reviews and don't mean that people shouldn't get their annual flu shot, said Dr Joseph Bresee, chief of the epidemiology and prevention branch in the influenza division of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
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Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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