14 / 9 / 2015 11.39am
Public Health England (PHE) has published the final flu vaccine efficacy data for 2014 - 2015.
The research has confirmed that the adult flu vaccine used in the UK was 34 per cent effective against the circulating strains of flu. Previous estimates of the effectiveness were calculated mid-season at 3 per cent. The rise in the jab's efficacy was due to a shift in the dominant circulating strains throughout the rest of the flu season.
These findings show that the flu jab is still the best protection against the flu virus, even as strains develop and change.
The Public Health England study, published scientific journal, Eurosurveillance, reports the final effectiveness results as:
- effectiveness of the adult flu vaccine against influenza A was 29.3 per cent
- effectiveness of the adult flu vaccine against influenza B was 46.3 per cent
The child flu vaccine for those under 18 years is also reported to have given good protection.
Child flu vaccine final results showed:
- effectiveness of the child flu vaccine against influenza A was 35 per cent
- effectiveness of the child flu vaccine against influenza B was 100 per cent
You can access the Eurosurveillance study
for more information and statistics.