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Doctors Seeing Uptick In Flu

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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) As we creep into colder months, Lexington health officials tell LEX 18 that there is an increased risk you could get the Flu. They are already seeing an uptick in people falling ill.

"One of our partners this morning had seen seven people and five people had the flu, of those seven people, so it's starting," said Dr. Elizabeth Hawse. 

All ages are at risk, but one group is more likely to spread the virus.

"Most of the flu in the community comes from elementary school-aged kids, that's why we recommend they get flu shots," she said. 

Many people wonder if the Flu shot actually works. Reports say that this year's vaccine is only 10% effective.

"There are four different strands of flu in the flu vaccine, so what we see now is maybe not the strand we'll see later," said Dr. Hawse. She said that the low effectiveness headline is from other countries, like Australia, who have already experience their Flu season. "Looking at their statistics, their predominant strand, which is H3N2, was only 10% effective, but we don't know if that's going to be our predominant strand yet."

That being said, doctors say that the vaccine is still the best defense.

"If you've had the flu vaccine and you still get the flu you are much less likely to be hospitalized with pneumonia, than if you didn't have the vaccine at all," said Dr. Hawse. 

The Flu shot doesn't work right away, it takes about two weeks. 

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