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With people crowding stores and shopping malls,  and travelling to visit family members in the weeks ahead,   the chance of spreading flu increases. Assistant Surgeon General Anne Schuchat tells WTIC’s Ray Dunaway that this is designated “National Influenza Vaccination Week,”  by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to remind people of the importance of getting a flu shot.

The CDC encourages everyone older than six months to be vaccinated,  with a special emphasis for high-risk groups,  including children, pregnant women,  those older than 50,  those with chronic medical conditions,  and people who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.

To link to the State Health Department’s Flu Information page, click here.

To find a flu shot clinic near you,  link to the American Lung Association website by clicking here.