The flu is lurking. Although influenza activity is low right now in the U.S., flu outbreaks will usually begin as early as October. That's why public health officials are urging everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot beginning in early September.
The Centers for Disease Control says the earlier you get inoculated the better, because the flu shot will cover you throughout the season, which traditionally peaks in January to February, but many times can stretch to the month of May.
According to the CDC for this flu season, manufacturers have projected they will provide between 153-158 million doses of vaccine for the U.S. market. In fact, at least 2 major manufacturers have said they've already begun to ship their supply. So you should be seeing availalbe flu shots in doctor's offices, pharmacies, even grocery stores within the next few weeks.
(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)
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