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Flu shot less effective for the elderly

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The flu season is beginning to calm down as we make our way into the spring, but there is still cause for alarm after new studies show how ineffective it can be for seniors.

For those 65 or older, it was found that the vaccine for the flu was only 9 percent effective in protecting people in that age group.

News Leader 9 spoke with Dr. Clark Gillett with Columbus Regional about why the flu shot is not working as well for the elderly.

Health experts say the number of flu cases is declining in most areas.

The study found the vaccine was about 56 percent effective in adults under the age of 65 and children.

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