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medical experts are warning that we could have a pretty bad flu season. there's a number of reasons why they expect so many of us will get the virus. eyewitness news reporter haley bianco joins us live in the studio to explain. haley? ((haley)) mark -- cases of the flu have already been reported in our area. even if you're doing your part to stay healthy by getting your flu shot, it still might not protect you from the virus. ((haley))many people are wondering why they bothered to get the flu shot last winter... because they ended up getting the virus anyway. dr. robert decolli // medical director, lvpg schuylkill county"last year was one of those years where they didn't pick the right strains and we did see a lot more cases of the flu in people that did get the flu shot."studies done by the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention show that last year's vaccine was just 42-percent effective. it didn't work the way it was supposed to because of a mutation in the vaccine strain ... and because the virus evolved. each year, a new vaccine is created based on which strains of the virus scientists expect will be prevalant. doctors don't have any control over what goes into the shot... or how much it will help. dr. robert decolli // medical director, lvpg schuylkill county"we hope it's more effective than last year's."even though last year's vaccine was mostly ineffective, the c-d-c reports that it still made an impact. the vaccine prevented 30- percent of hospitalizations, and reduced outpatient visits by 42-percent. kirsten shadle // physician assistant "getting the flu shot it doesn't always prevent the flu, but it makes the symptoms a lot less and reduces the risk of dehydration."experts say the effectiveness of this year's vaccine will likely be moderate to low. but doctors continue to recommend getting the shot. dr. robert decolli // medical director, lvpg schuylkill county"you're really risking your life by not getting the flu shot. now is the optimal time." ((haley)) another reason experts expect a rough flu season -- australia had more than 215-thousand confirmed cases of the flu... and more than 500 deaths as of last month. here in the u.s., our flu season usually mimicks what the southern hemisphere gets in the season before us. reporting live in the studio, haley bianco eyewintess news. ((mark)) keep in mind that it takes about two weeks to build up the antibodies after getting the shot, to protect you from the virus. ((mark))




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