Almost Everyone Needs a Flu Shot: CDC

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By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year, so U.S. health officials on Thursday urged that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for the coming flu season.

“It’s really unfortunate that half of Americans are not getting the protection from flu they could get,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a morning news conference.

The result is lost days from work and school and a lot of preventable suffering, hospitalizations and deaths, he said.

Just one-third of adults 18 to 64 — the age group hit especially hard last flu season — were vaccinated against flu last year, according to new CDC figures.

Also, more than 100 children died from flu-related complications last year, Frieden noted.

“Many of those deaths might have been prevented…

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