Early predictions reveal flu vaccine isn't as effective as hoped

Lexington, KY (WKYT) - The National Academy of Sciences says last year's flu vaccine was effective about 42%. This year's may be even less effective.

Early predictions reveal the flu vaccine isn't as effective as scientists hoped at keeping current circulating virus strains away. Doctors here in Kentucky say we haven't hit our peak in flu season yet, and that it's too early to tell if the vaccine is effective.

Doctors don't want families skipping out on getting the vaccine this year just because of predictions.

"That is your best protection. It's better than not getting vaccinated at all. Even if it's not as effective, you're still gonna get protection," said Dr. Sandra Breeding, with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. "The vaccine will cause the virus to not be as strong in your body, and you may not get as sick."

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