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HHS HealthBeat (November 7, 2013)

Today's the day

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A flu vaccination can reduce the risk that you’ll get the flu – or make the flu less bad if you do get it.

And this year, there’s a menu of vaccines. With the nasal spray, you sniff and you’re done. There’s also a version with a shorter needle. There is a vaccine that protects against four versions of the flu and one that protects against three. The choices depend on your needs.

But at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu expert Anne Schuchat says the crucial thing is to just get vaccinated:

“That first cough or fever is not the time to think about influenza vaccination. Today is the time to start thinking about it, and to make the time for yourself and those you love.”

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss

Last revised: November 7, 2013