Study: Flu strain mutation rendered vaccines less effective last year | KOB 4

Study: Flu strain mutation rendered vaccines less effective last year Web Staff
November 06, 2017 05:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The flu vaccine did not work as well as doctors had hoped last year, and new research may have uncovered why.


A study from the University of Pennsylvania blames a mutation in the H3N2 flu strain. That mutation made the vaccine grown in eggs much less effective.

Unfortunately, the vaccine people are currently getting covers the same flu strain. Some experts worry it will be a difficult season if H3N2 dominates.

Still, doctors emphasize the importance of getting a flu shot.  To make sure New Mexicans know where to get one, the state Department of Health has launched two interactive maps.

One map is targeted to help you find a nearby health care provider to vaccinate your child. The other is to help find a provider who vaccinates uninsured adults.

To access those maps, click here for the Department of Health webpage.

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