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This year’s flu vaccine is only 29% effective. Here’s why you still need to get that shot

Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that the 2019-2020 shot is only 29% effective. However, the CDC says some coverage is better than none, and last year’s vaccine prevented an estimated 40,000 to 90,000 hospitalizations despite being no more than 32% effective.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 23, 2019

When enough people in a community are vaccinated against a disease, it can’t travel as easily from person to person, and the entire community is less likely to catch it. This phenomenon is called herd immunity, and it helps keep everyone safe.

The Heartdrive: Vaccines, A Double-edged Syringe

The Heartdrive: Vaccines, A Double-edged Syringe

Blossom Onunekwu

January 30, 2019

In January, the World Health Organization listed the public and global health threats of 2019. Among them are threats you’ve heard of before: antimicrobial resistance, obesity, HIV and the flu. But this year, for 2019, there’s a new challenger: vaccine hesitancy. In the 21st century. It might...

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