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Flu vaccine more effective this year; milder season so far

10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago February 24, 2016 Feb 24, 2016 Wednesday, February 24 2016 February 24, 2016 2:14 PM in Health
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK - The flu vaccine is doing a better job this year.

Preliminary data suggest it is 59 percent effective. That's a big improvement from last winter's nasty flu season when the vaccine was less than 20 percent effective.

Unlike last year's vaccine, this year's is a good match to the strains making people sick.

It's been a milder flu season so far, though health officials said it has not yet peaked.

The numbers were presented Wednesday at a medical meeting in Atlanta.

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