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Health Officials Urge Americans: Get Your Flu Shot Now
Date:12/5/2011

ing so far, she said.

However, that doesn't mean that last year's shot will still protect you, Schuchat said. To be safe, she recommends getting vaccinated again this year.

Schuchat cautioned that vaccine supplies could start to run low. So far, 129 million doses of vaccine have been distributed, which she called a typical amount.

"We believe supplies are still ample around the country, but we really don't know how long that's going to last," she said. "We hope people will be able to find flu vaccine easily in the weeks ahead, but we hope you can act soon. The supply of flu vaccine this time of the year is pretty much fixed [by the manufacturers], and vaccine will likely become harder to find and get."

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For more on flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Dec. 5, 2011, teleconference with Howard Koh, M.D., assistant secretary for health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Anne Schuchat, M.D., director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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