You may think “If I get the flu vaccine I am much less likely to get the flu”. And you are right according to CDC statistics. But if you thought that the flu vaccine protects you against the flu, think again. The effectiveness of flu vaccines vary year to year and its usually less than 50%. Dr. David Perlmutter M.D. looked at the CDC statistics on flu vaccine effectiveness and recently reported them on his blog drperlmutter.com. The following infographic shows the flu vaccine’s effectiveness year to year according to statistics published by the CDC (Center For Disease Control).
It is important to not rely solely and exclusively on the flu vaccine for protection from the flu (as the chart above suggests). But what else can you do? Learn more on the next page….