Health experts: This year's flu vaccine might be only 10 percent effective
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) —
Health experts say this years' flu vaccine may only be about 10 percent effective.
They say flu vaccines developed each year are usually 40 to 60 percent effective.
But this year, they say, it appears the virus has mutated, rendering the vaccine to only ten percent effectiveness.
Still, local health experts advise getting a shot as more information is gathered.
"As we get further into the flu season and we get more diagnoses, it's just going to give us a bigger sample size of different strains of flu, and what strains are actually going to actually be covered for our patients," said Kevin Summar, Haywood Regional emergency director.
Experts say even a less effective vaccine can still reduce the severity of the flu, and they always recommend prevention measures like washing your hands and coughing into your elbow.