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· CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu.
· Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the 2012-2013 flu vaccines are available.
· Vaccination of high-risk people is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
· People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
· Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea.
· In the United States, thousands of healthy adults and children have to visit the doctor or be hospitalized from flu complications each year. Flu vaccination can help protect you and your family from the flu and its complications.
· Find a flu vaccination clinic near you with the flu vaccine finder at flushot.healthmap.org
· For more information on the flu visit www.cdc.gov/flu