Friday, January 11, 2013

This year's flu is probably peaking

The New York Times reports that the U.S. (and probably Canadian) flu season is past it's peak, even though this year's vaccines have middle ground effectiveness:
A preliminary study rated this year’s vaccine as 62 percent effective, even though it is a good match for the most worrisome virus circulating. That is considered “moderately” effective — the vaccine typically ranges from 50 percent to 70 percent effective.

A note to whoever's curious: You can get real-time influenza virus reports from the World Health Organization's FluNet, which provides links to a huge number of charts describing flu subtypes detected worldwide.  Have a look, it's an interesting diversion.