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(CNN) - Seniors were one of the main groups urged to get a flu shot this season but for many of them, the vaccine didn't work. The CDC said the vaccine helped just 9 percent of people aged 65 and older. For those under 65, the vaccine was about 56 percent effective. Researchers said they're not sure why the vaccine didn't do much to help older people. But the CDC said even with the disappointing numbers, it's still worth it for everyone to get a flu shot.
A study released today by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows shockingly low rates of effectiveness for this year’s flu vaccine.
According to the report, the flu vaccine was effective for only 9% of seniors over 65 years old. In other words, 91% of seniors in the study who were vaccinated were still susceptible to getting the flu.
The CDC showed somewhat better results for younger persons. They claimed that the flu vaccine was effective for 58% of those aged 6 months-17 years, 46% for persons aged 18–49 years, and 50% for persons aged 50–64 years.