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October 8, 2013

A shot in the arm

New vaccines, more options join arsenal to battle seasonal illness

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

Patel said it is important to be vaccinated against the flu.

“You are better off getting a shot because if it turns into pneumonia, it gets worse,” he said.

Don Rainer, Anderson, 82, said he gets his shot every year.

“I used to think when I put my scarves away for the winter that I could get the flu from them the following year,” he said with a smile. “I always get sick in March and October.”

He said that the flu vaccine prevents him from getting sick and the older he gets the harder it is to fight the flu.

“If I could get a flu shot in my other arm, I would," he said with a laugh. “You know - double indemnity.”

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Vaccinating against the flu

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is especially important for the following people to receive a flu vaccination: ◆ People who are at high risk of developing serious complications, like pneumonia, if they get sick with the flu. ◆ People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease. ◆ Pregnant women. ◆ People younger than 5 years  -especially those younger than 2 - and people 65 years and older. ◆ Household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease. ◆ Household contacts and caregivers of infants less than 6 months old. ◆ Health care personnel.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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