One of the most dreaded time of the year is the flu season, which can affect a number of people from around the world. In order to combat the flu, the Center for Disease Control creates vaccines and shots each year, which can be quite effective in the right circumstances. This year’s flu vaccine seems to miss the mark and many people who took it seemed to get sick with the virus anyway. There are a number of different reasons why this happened and how it can be avoided in the future. Here are a few of the any reasons why the flu vaccine just didn’t hold up this year.
Lack of Proper Time for Trials
One of the biggest reasons for the failure of the flu vaccine this year is that the CDC lacked the proper time to test the strains that were put in. The lack of proper time to test these strains led to the CDC sending out the weakened version of the strain that was mostly ineffective. This means that with more time, the CDC would have had the right mix in the vaccine and this year’s flu fiasco could have been avoided.
More Focus on the Ebola Crisis
Another factor that played into the lack of effectiveness of the flu vaccine is the Ebola scare that was going on at the time that the vaccine was in the lab being developed. This means that there was less time to focus on the potency of the vaccine due to the seriousness that was posed by the Ebola scare. Most of the scientists that were supposed to be working out on the flu vaccine were taken off, which meant that it was more work in fewer hands.
The CDC has gone on record to say that the flu vaccine issue was their fault and that they are taking proper precautions to ensure it never happens again.