Need care during the outbreak? Learn how DHPV can help

Need care during the outbreak? Learn how DHPV can help

How Effective is a Flu Shot?

How Effective is a Flu Shot?


An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This tally, released last month, signifies one of the worst for flu fatalities that experts have seen in recent years. They say this was in part driven by a particularly bad strain of flu that tends to cause hospitalizations and complications like pneumonia, stroke, and heart attack. Now, to reduce the potential severity of this year’s flu season, experts are urging all Americans to get vaccinated.


There’s no doubt the flu vaccine has previously been a tried-and-true defense against illness during the fall and winter. However, last year’s flu season raised some questions about how effective a flu shot could be: One reason for the high fatality count was that the vaccine adequately defended recipients in a mere 36% of Influenza A and B cases. Still, both the CDC and the American Medical Association say the vaccine ultimately saves lives and protects the health of the public.


Before you choose whether or not to be vaccinated against the flu this fall, make sure you discuss both options with your general care provider. Some factors you’ll want to consider while making a decision are your age, any existing health conditions you face, and the overall state of your health/how susceptible you are to falling ill. The CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months be vaccinated once a year. For more information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s flu vaccination guidelines, please click here.

Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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