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Flu Shots Are Best in October, November.

October and November are the best months for persons at increased risk for flu-related complications to get their annual flu vaccinations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Others can continue to get flu shots through December and later as long as the vaccine is available, the agency said.

Flu vaccine manufacturers will produce about 79 million doses in the United States, of which about 44 million doses will be distributed in October. The remaining 35 million doses are expected to be distributed in November and December.

The types or subtypes of influenza virus that will circulate and the onset, peak and severity of the 2001-02 season cannot be predicted yet, the agency said.

The agency recommends that the elderly, chronically ill and health care workers get immunization priority through the end of October.
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