Significant increases in flu activity in the U.S. in the last three weeks indicate that an early flu season is underway. CDC urges you to get a flu vaccine now if you have not done so already this season. Vaccination is especially important for children, adults 65 and older, pregnant women and people with asthma, diabetes and other long-term conditions who are at high risk from flu complications.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season: an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus and an influenza B virus. For more information about this season’s vaccine selection, visit Vaccine Virus Selection for the 2012-2013 Influenza Season.

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine. Keep in mind that vaccination is especially important for certain people who are high risk or who are in close contact with high risk persons, including the following groups:

For the complete list of those at high risk, visit People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications.

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