CDC urges at-risk group to get flu shots

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If the numbers are any indication of what's to come, people are in for a bad flu season.

Compared to this time a year ago, experts say there are double the number of confirmed cases of the flu.

He says getting the flu shot annually continues to be the best protection against the flu, especially for high-risk populations, including seniors, young children, pregnant women and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Flu activity is listed as widespread in four states: Massachusetts, Georgia, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.

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People with diabetes or cardiovascular diseases have a higher risk of developing serious complications when they contract the flu, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said.

Goudreau agrees with the authors' suggestion that research should continue to develop a better and more effective universal flu vaccine created to decrease illness and death.

"The absolute best thing you can do to prevent illness, hospitalizations and even death from flu complications, is to get your flu shot", said Dr. Levine. "Now, they should get it sooner rather than later, because it takes about two weeks for it to become effective". "Even if it's not a ideal match, it's very important, not just for yourself, but also to protect those with whom you may come in contact - including babies too young to get vaccinated and people who have weakened immune systems".

Doctors still want you to get the shot, though.