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It’s not too late for a flu shot

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(CNN Image) Flu activity decreased slightly but remained at high levels across the United States during the week ending February 18, according to a report based on preliminary data issued Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CNN Image) Flu activity decreased slightly but remained at high levels across the United States during the week ending February 18, according to a report based on preliminary data issued Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(CNN/Meredith) – Spring is getting closer and with it the end of a particularly brutal flu season.

Many might be thinking there's no point in getting the flu shot now, think again.

According to the FDA, the seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to lower your risk of getting sick and spreading it to others. Even though it's best to get vaccinated as soon as the flu shot is available, usually in September

Getting the vaccine later can still be helpful says Dr. Alicia Fry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “it's not too late because even if you feel like flu has come to your community and now is decreasing, there could be a second wave and it could be a different type of virus.”

Every flu season is made up of varying strains of the virus. This year's dominant strain is H3N2.

It has proven a challenge to the vaccine.

However, the flu shot is relatively more effective for other strains circulating this year.

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