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Flu Shots Sensible for Most

November 7, 1998

Flu shots are a must for the elderly and others who risk serious complications from the disease, but they make sense for just about everyone. A few dollars at most, shots are often covered by health insurance.

The best time to get them is between September and December. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual vaccination for anybody who wants to reduce the chance of catching influenza.

However, the government considers flu shots especially important for:

_Everyone over age 65.

_Residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.

_Anyone with serious heart disease, kidney disease, lung disease, anemia and other blood disorders or such metabolic diseases as diabetes.

_Children on long-term aspirin treatment, since flu can lead to Reye syndrome

_Women who will be more than three months pregnant during flu season.

_Doctors, nurses and other caregivers.

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