Feb, 25
2013

How Scientific is Science?

doug-thumbnail-sample5 AP reports-It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group.

The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.


Health officials are baffled as to why this is so. But the findings help explain why so many older people have been hospitalized with the flu this year. Despite the findings, the CDC stood by its recommendation that everyone over 6 months get flu shots, the elderly included, because some protection is better than none…

Question: If you got a 9% on your chemistry test in high school, did your teacher “stand by” that result for you, or write “some right answers are better than none” on the paper? This was never acceptable in high school, but seems to be acceptable in science.





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