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Fewer people got the flu shot last season—and that may be why it was one of the deadliest

Young, healthy people need to get the shot too.
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People over age 65 are at higher risk for developing severe flu symptoms that could land them in the hospital

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By now you’ve probably heard that last year’s flu season . Preliminary estimates suggested new heights for hospitalizations and deaths. The Centers for Disease Control recently released showing that yes, the 79,400 people who died and the 959,000 hospitalizations and the staggering 48.8 million who simply caught the than ever recorded.

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