Flu protection could be ‘overestimated’

A study led by Associate Professor Heath Kelly of the Victorian Infectious Diseases References Laboratory estimated vaccine effectiveness in non-
elderly adults at 62%.

The draft of the 10th Australian Immunisation Handbook states that in healthy adults under 65 the vaccine is 70–90% effective when the match with circulating viruses is close.

Speaking in his capacity as associate professor of population health at the Australian National University, Professor Kelly said there was a growing body of evidence to suggest this claim was &ldquo