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Illinois health officials: Time to get flu shots

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois health officials said it’s time for people to start getting their annual flu shots.

The Public Health Department said virtually everyone should get a vaccination every year to guard against new strains of the flu.

The exceptions are babies under 6 months old and people who are allergic to the vaccine.

Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck said vaccinations protect the people getting them and also vulnerable people who might suffer from a flu outbreak, such as the elderly or pregnant women.

Annual flu deaths range from 3,000 up to 49,000.

Hasbrouck also said Wednesday that it’s a myth that people can get the flu from a vaccination.

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