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5 things to know about the flu

| Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
A flu vaccination.
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A flu vaccination.

Flu season is expected to arrive as early as next week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here are five flu fast facts from the federal agency:

1. Flu season typically runs from early October to the end of May.

2. Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone older than 6 months.

3. Children younger than 6, pregnant women and adults 65 or older face the highest risks for serious flu complications, which include inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues or multi-organ failure.

4. Last flu season, 140 children nationwide died from the flu.

5. The "nasal spray" vaccine is 3 percent effective. has more facts and information about the flu.

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