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Will this year's flu shot be more effective?


Last year's flu vaccine wasn't as effective as doctors had hoped, and that has some people questioning if they should get the shot this year.

Registered Nurse Emmitt Smith with Saint Joseph’s/Candler Health System said he believes the 2015/16 vaccine will provide better protection, but it is just too early to tell for sure. But he still said he does encourage you to get vaccinated.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the shot is normally about 60 percent effective, meaning it'll cut your chances of getting sick in a little more than half.

Last year, it was about 13 percent effective.  So, it was an off year.

However, if you got the shot last year and still got sick, that doesn't mean it still didn't help you.

"Just because they miss on a particular year doesn't mean that the vaccine didn't help,” said Smith. “It could be that you got the flu but you didn't get as bad of a case of the flu."

Smith said between now and the beginning of October is a good time to get the shot.

He said that's because it takes about six weeks for it to become fully effective. In Savannah, flu season peaks around the end of December or beginning of January.

Flu season officially starts Oct. 1st and goes through May 31st.

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