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CDC urges flu vaccinations amid mounting H1N1 illnesses
CDC urges flu vaccinations amid mounting H1N1 illnesses

With several weeks or more remaining in a particularly deadly influenza season, U.S. health officials on Thursday urged flu vaccinations for everyone over the age of 6 months, including pregnant women. "Influenza can make anyone very sick, very fast and it can kill," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Vaccination is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself." This year's illnesses have been caused predominantly by the H1N1 virus -- the same "swine flu" strain that caused the pandemic in 2009. Although officials say the prevalence of flu-related illness this season appears to be lower than in 2009, preliminary...

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