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Flu Awareness

This is "National Influenza Vaccination Week" and since the flu hasn't completely gripped the nation yet, the government's making a big push to remind everyone it's still early in flu season, so get the shot as soon as you can.

You want to make sure you have that protection two weeks before you are exposed to the virus and by the way, the experts say the needles are smaller and sharper these days to make the stick faster and less painful.

"There's really no pain, it's a second flash! and it's over with," said Gil Green, a nurse for Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C.  

"We want people to catch the holiday spirit but not the flu this year and the flu vaccine is absolutely the best way to avoid the flu," said Dr. Julie Gerberding, a CDC director.  

Flu season usually doesn't peak until February, so get the shot or flu-mist. There's plenty of vaccine to go around with 97 million doses already delivered and up to 18 million more on the way.

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