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It's time for Texans to get their flu shots

DALLAS (AP) - With flu season beginning this month, health experts say it's time to start getting flu shots.

People can get flu shots throughout the season. But the Texas Department of State Health Services recommends especially that those at risk for flu complications get the shot as soon as they become available.

Those at increased risk for complications include kids 6 months to 4 years old, people with chronic medical conditions, residents of long-term care facilities and pregnant women.

People who are 50 and older, live with or care for those at increased risk for complications, or come in contact with kids younger than 6 months also are encouraged to get their shots early.

The flu season reaches it's height in Texas in January and February. Officials say it's important to allow two weeks for the shot to take effect. Because flu viruses change, a new vaccine is produced each year.

In the United States, 36,000 people a year die of complications from the flu.

On the Net:

Texas Department of State Health Services, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/

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