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Time for Flu Shots|
October marks the beginning of flu season and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges those at the highest risk of severe illness during the flu season to get their shots early. For the first time, infants and toddlers are considered in the high risk category because recent research suggests children under age 2 are as likely to be hospitalized with flu complications such as pneumonia as are people over age 65 – the age group long thought to be at highest risk.
Parents with children in this age range should have their child vaccinated as early as possible to ensure they’re protected before influenza reaches its peak activity.
According to the CDC, other high-risk people include:
Even if you’re not at high risk of complications, you should get a flu shot to prevent the flu and to protect those around you. Many area clinics and hospitals offer the flu vaccine for free or at a low cost. Talk to your doctor or contact your local hospital for more information.