Arm Yourself With A Flu Shot

Flu season is almost here again and now is the time to get a flu shot. It's the best way to avoid getting sick and it doesn't take long.

It couldn't be easier in Fort Edward, New York, where people are getting their shots on the go at a drive-thru set up for the convenience of people who don't have a lot of spare time, reports Correspondent Dr. Emily Senay of CBS This Morning.

Contrary to recent reports, the Centers for Disease Control says that flu season is not here any earlier this year and there is no new flu virus circulating. An outbreak in Alaska this summer is similar to one included in the vaccine for this year so you will be protected if you get the shot.

Those who should get a flu shot include children and anyone over age 65 who has chronic health problems, anyone who doesn't want to lose five or more days of work, pregnant women, and people who work in nursing homes.

Even healthy young people without those risks can benefit: One recent study found people who got a flu shot lost 43 percent fewer days of work.

Influenza in an average year kills 20,000 Americans, officials estimate.
  • CBSNews.com staff CBSNews.com staff

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