CDC Gives New Reason to Get a Flu Shot

By Scott Sarvay

October 22, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM EDT

UNDATED (www.incnow.tv) - You can never quite predict what an upcoming flu season will hold but because last year was unusually mild. Health officials with the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services are urging people to not to put-off getting a flu shot.

Each year young children die because shots are put-off and doing the same if you're a pregnant woman can spell trouble for you and your unborn child.

Dr. Melanie Mouszoon, Immunization Specialist says, "The biggest thing is there's a new strain of H3N2 not the pig variant but a new strain of the H3N2 which tends to be the more severe type of Influenza A."

Dr. Mouszoon says the latest flu vaccine available includes protection against two new strains.

The CDC reports that last year just over half of American children and less-than 40 percent of adults were immunized.

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