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Too Few Americans Get Their Flu Shot

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s never too late to get your flu shot, according to experts who say too few Americans take advantage of the beneficial shot.

HealthDay reports that only 42 percent of people in the United States received the vaccines during last year’s flu season, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"People often shrug off concerns about the flu, yet every year it strikes up to 20 percent of Americans, sending more than 200,000 to the hospital and killing thousands," Dr. Thomas Slama, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and a clinical professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, said.

The flu vaccination is available as an intradermal shot that uses a needle that's 90 percent smaller than a regular shot and injects the vaccination into the skin and not the muscle.

The vaccination is also available in the form of a nasal spray.

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