Mike Stobbe

NEW YORK: The flu vaccine is doing a better job this year.

Preliminary data suggest it is 59 percent effective. Thatís a big improvement from last winterís nasty flu season when the vaccine was less than 20 percent effective.

Unlike last yearís vaccine, this yearís is a good match to the strains making people sick.

Itís been a milder flu season so far, though health officials said it has not yet peaked.

The numbers were presented Wednesday at a medical meeting in Atlanta.

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Online: Vaccine meeting at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/index.html