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gave children slightly better odds -- 67 percent...and not much help for the elderly....only 27 percent effective. Turns out getting the shot worked better if you caught influenza B -- that vaccine stopped the bug nearly 70 percent of the time -- Flu type A vaccine ...gave you a less than 50 percent chance you'd stay healthy. Officials also say the vaccine is proving only nine-percent effective in people age 65 and older against the predominant influenza A (H3N2) flu strain this season.
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