Get Your Shots Early

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 2:20pm

CDC encouraging Americans to get their flu shots now.

Have you had your flu shot yet this year?

Doctors say now is the time to make sure you are protected before the virus starts to spread.

This year they are recommending it for even more of us

In an average season one in ten people get the flu.

"Influenza can strike a perfectly healthy adult or child and have them in an intensive care unit in 24 hours," says Dr. William Schaffner of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Last year more than 200,000 people were hospitalized and thousands of them died.

This year, for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control is recommending the vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age.

Supplies are ample, and the dose now includes the H1N1 or "Swine Flu" vaccine, so you only need one, except for children under 9 who may need a booster shot.

A new survey shows doctors are heeding their own advice.

92 percent of doctors say they were inoculated last year and even more plan to get a dose this time around.

Doctors say it is not too early, either.

If you get the vaccine now it will last well through the flu season.
 

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