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The Flu Shot

Who should get it

(HealthDayNews) -- Each year, 36,000 people in America die from flu-related complications, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

With flu season around the corner, it may be time to consider getting the flu vaccine.

The CDC urges these groups to get immunized as soon as possible:

  • People age 50 or older, especially those over age 65.
  • People living in long-term care facilities and group homes.
  • Adults and children with diabetes or chronic diseases of the heart, lungs or kidneys.
  • Children and adolescents who are on long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Health care workers and other caregivers.
  • Women who will be more than three months pregnant during the flu season.
  • Those with weak immune systems due to circumstances like chemotherapy or HIV/AIDS infection.
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