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Even if a vaccine were widely available in time for the holidays, it would likely provide partial protection much like the flu vaccine, says S…

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The flu forecast is cloudy and it's too soon to know if the U.S. is in for a third miserable season in a row, but health officials said Thursday not to delay vaccination.

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Courtesy of Penn State Health. Last winter's flu season was the worst since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began tracking the severity of influenza outbreaks each year. The long season that began in November 2017 peaked in January and February and held on through April.

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Last year's seasonal flu vaccine effectiveness was just 42%, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated. Even if vaccinated, then, people had inadequate protection against the flu.

Forty-five percent of workers who get sick with the flu believe they caught it from someone at work, according to the medical journal Clinical…

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