Why there should be less emphasis on flu vaccination

Experts outline the case for hygiene over technology

Less emphasis on vaccination and a greater focus on basic hygiene is the best way to beat influenza epidemics, say Australian infectious disease experts.

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That’s because vaccination’s overall effectiveness is “disappointing”.

“Vaccination seems to have been less effective recently, especially against the predominant viruses in circulation (influenza A(H3) and B strains), with little or no protection in elderly patients against H3 last winter in the UK and elsewhere,” writes Professor Chris Del Mar, a professor of public health at Bond University and Dr Peter Collignon