WASHINGTON (September 26, 2013)--More children than eve were vaccinated against the flu last year, and federal health officials are urging families to do even better this year.
A severe flu strain swept the country last winter, triggering a scramble for last-minute vaccinations.
There's no way to predict if this year will be as bad, but protection requires a yearly vaccine, delivered either as a shot or a nasal spray.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday it's time for people to start getting immunized.
Flu vaccine is recommended for nearly everyone ages 6 months and older, but just 45 percent of the population followed that advice last year.
Flu is particularly risky for seniors and kids.
Two-thirds of adults 65 and older, and nearly 57 percent of children, were vaccinated last year.