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The peak season for the flu is the dead of winter, but the illness can strike at any time between autumn and spring, according the Association of Mature American Citizens. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control recommends getting your flu shots as early as October.
It’s particularly important for older people to take precautions. The CDC says that the older you are the greater the risk of complications resulting from the flu. The agency says: “It’s estimated that 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older. This is because human immune defenses become weaker with age.”
So, check with your doctor or local pharmacy to find out when this year’s flu shots will be available in your area and book an appointment as early as possible.