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It's a debate that's waged every fall. Is there a benefit to getting a flu shot?

It's happening again. People already questioning whether this year's flu vaccine will keep them from getting sick.

After an extreme flu season last year, health officials say they're confident that this year's vaccine will target the strain, H3N2 that caused an outbreak of influenza.

Flu season is right around the corner and doctors and patients are debating whether this year's flu vaccination will help or hurt them.

"Last year unfortunately it didn't match up with the strains quite like we'd hoped," said Dr. Melissa Hickey. "So unfortunately there were more cases of influenza last year even people that had been vaccinated. "

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, last year's flu vaccine was only 13 percent effective.
This year, Doctor Melissa Hickey at South Bend Clinic in Granger says the vaccine should be more effective.

"This year they've tried to match those strains we saw last year and it's suppose to be a lot better this year. So they're predicting that they're going to have much better coverage," said Dr. Hickey.

Doctor Hickey says last year's outbreak is causing many patients to be more prepared, but not everyone is getting the shot.

"I maybe get the flu once every other year," said Daniel Dunworth. "So it's not on the top of my list to go and expose myself to the flu to prevent myself from getting it."

Even though Daniel Dunworth doesn't get an annual flu shot, he says his children do.

"I am a believer in vaccinations. I do have three kids all young so I'm all for vaccinations they all get their vaccines," said Dunworth.

No matter how much the vaccine has improved, some people like Phoenix Laurence says they're more confident without it.

"I haven't had a flu shot since I was like six years old," said Phoenix Laurence. "My mother used to take me to get a flu shot but since I've been an adult I'm not going to go get a flu shot."

There are a few vaccine options. The injection through a needle.Another option is the nasal spray.  And if you don't like shots there is a needle free vaccination. You can talk to a health physician to find out your options.

Posted on September 22, 2015