11 Groups Who Shouldn't Skip a Flu Shot
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Are You at High Risk?

Most people ages 6 months and older should get a flu shot. It’s the best way to protect against the flu. But if you’re in one of these 11 high-risk groups, it’s especially important to get vaccinated every year. Click on to learn why.

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