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'Spot' Shortages of Flu Vaccine, Tamiflu Reported, FDA Head Says
Date:1/15/2013

p>"The flu vaccine is moderately effective this year, and people who are vaccinated have about a 60 percent lower risk of getting the flu compared to someone who is not vaccinated," Dr. Edward Belongia, an epidemiologist at the CDC, said in a statement released Friday.

People who want to get vaccinated can visit flu.gov, click on the "Flu Vaccine Finder," enter their zip code and find a list of clinics, supermarkets, pharmacies and other flu vaccination locations in their neighborhoods.

But before you go to one of the locations, call ahead to confirm that they have the flu vaccine, Hamburg advised.

According to recommendations from the CDC, all adults and children who are at least 6 months old should receive a flu vaccination each year. The best time to get vaccinated is in the fall.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about the flu and flu vaccine.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: blog, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Jan. 15, 2013


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