Flu virus mutation leaves this year's vaccines less powerful

Despite the current setback, doctors aren't changing the message on vaccinating.(Source: MGN Online)
Despite the current setback, doctors aren't changing the message on vaccinating.(Source: MGN Online)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - This year's flu vaccine might not be effective against the deadly virus. The Center for Disease Control sent out an alert to doctors across the country of the concern.

Tim Stewart, a physician with Huntsville Pediatric Associates, said the research showed people who chose the flu shot over the spray do not seem to have the same issue.

"Data that was presented to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices showed that people who got the inhaled nasal spray vaccine early in the season may not have got as effective a result as they were supposed to," said Stewart.

The medical community is not looking at shipping out a second round of the vaccine like they did a few years ago when H1N1 cases spiked and the original vaccine offered no protection. The vaccine typically takes a few weeks to be fully implemented in a person's immune system.

Despite the current setback, doctors aren't changing the message on vaccinating.

"You want to make sure you still get it because some protection is better than no protection," said Stewart.

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