This year you are 36% less likely to get the flu if you get a flu shot. If your young child gets a flu shot, he or she is 59% less likely to get the virus and have to go to the doctor.>> Nationwide levels of influenza like illness are currently around where we observed during the peak of the H1N1 2009 pandemic.
This doesn't mean that we're having a pandemic right now, just that levels of influenza like illness are around as high as what we saw in 2009. We also know that hospitalization rates are significantly higher than what we've seen for this time of year since our current tracking system began almost a decade ago.
This season has been particularly hard in that it seemed to hit everywhere in the United States at once. The problem is that the vaccine's not working as well as we had hoped in general. Although in children it seems to be working as about as well as expected. There are questions about whether the virus that's grown up in eggs to produce most vaccines is mutating or changing in ways that evade the vaccine.