JONESBORO, Ark. – There are rising concerns about the flu virus as hospitals and clinics across Arkansas fill up with patients testing positive.
According to the CDC, there have been nearly 14,000 confirmed cases of the flu this season.
Many of those cases are in people who did get the flu vaccine. Jonesboro Doctor Kasey Holder says the vaccine is only 40 to 60 percent effective on a good year. And white it’s been speculated that the vaccine may only be 10 percent effective this year, Dr. Holder says it’s still a good idea to get the shot.
“Fortunately, a lot of times, there’s still some crossover in the immunity you get from the vaccine,” Dr. Kasy Holder said. “So it can still reduce the severity of your symptoms and the duration of your symptoms so even if you get it it’s not as bad as it could have been”
Dr. Holder says you’ll want to see a doctor if you have symptoms like body aces, headaches, runny nose, coughing, fever or chills that are more severe than cold symptoms.
And she says it is not too late to get your flu shot, peak flu season has not even hit yet.