Flu vaccination, “get it”, says Dr. William Schaffner with the National Foundation for infectious diseases

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WEHT/CNN) – We are quickly approaching flu season and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Medical Director, Dr. William Schaffner says, “Get an annual flu vaccination.”

Influenza is a respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs.

Infections can be mild to severe and in some cases fatal.

Young children, pregnant women, those with chronic medical conditions, and people over the age of 65 are most at risk of developing flu-related complications.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone six months and older get vaccinated each year, and preferably by the end of October.

For this flu season, a few changes have been made to the vaccine.

It is being updated to better match viruses that are expected to be strong this year, most notably, it will be formulated to attack four different viruses.

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(This story was originally published on September 30, 2019)

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