Flu season hitting its stride; vaccines available

Flu season hitting its stride; vaccines available

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By TRAVIS LOLLER
Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - If you thought flu season was over, think again. It's only just now hitting its stride.

But it's not too late to get vaccinated. Many county health clinics are even offering the vaccine for free.

Dr. Kelly Moore is the medical director of the Tennessee Immunization Program. She said flu season usually peaks in January or February, but vaccinations tend to drop off sharply after Thanksgiving.

The vaccine is especially important for people who run a high risk of developing serious complications. That includes pregnant women, children under 2 years old and adults aged 65 or older. The last group accounts for 90% of the deaths from seasonal flu each year.

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