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More kids protected from flu; CDC says keep it up

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Health officials are urging families to do even better than last year, when more children than ever got vaccinated against the flu.

Last winter there was scramble for last-minute vaccinations after a severe flu strain swept the country. There's no way to predict if this year will be as bad, but protection requires a yearly vaccine, either a shot or nasal spray.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's time for people to start getting immunized.

Flu vaccine is recommended for nearly everyone ages six months and older. Yet, just 45 percent of the population followed that advice last year. Flu is particularly risky for seniors and kids. Two-thirds of adults 65 and older, and nearly 57 percent of children, were vaccinated last year.

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