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Singing And Dancing The Flu Vaccine Lecture

You’d never call Dr. Lester Hartman and his associates at Westwood-Mansfield Pediatrics shy, but this musical version of the “get your flu shot” lecture takes the video oeuvre of this practice to new heights.

Challenge to other doctors and nurses: can you top this?  How far are you going this season to persuade patients to get vaccinated against influenza?

CDC: Flu Vaccine Virtually Ineffective For Those Over 65

After all that public health nagging about getting a flu shot, it turns out this year’s vaccine was not only just 56% effective against the virus for those over 6 months old, according to the CDC, but it was virtually ineffective for folks over 65, a particularly vulnerable population.
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USA Today reports on today’s CDC’s update:

This season’s flu vaccine was almost completely ineffective in people 65 and older, which could explain why rates of hospitalization and death have been some of the highest ever recorded for that age group, according to early estimates released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For people under 65, getting vaccinated this season reduced the need to go to the doctor for the flu by one-half to two-thirds. Continue reading