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Ready yourself - flu season is around the corner

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Flu season is just around the corner, and it’s time to get vaccinated. (Source: CNN) Flu season is just around the corner, and it’s time to get vaccinated. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – We may have one more month of summer left, but families should already be readying themselves for flu season.

The flu is lurking, and although influenza activity is low right now in the U.S., flu outbreaks will usually being as early as October.

That's why public health officials are urging everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot beginning in early September.

The Centers for Disease Control says the earlier you get inoculated the better, because the flu shot will cover you throughout flu season, which traditionally peaks in January to February, but many times can stretch until May.

According to the CDC, for this flu season, manufactures have projected they will provide between 153-158 million doses of vaccine for the U.S. market.

In fact, at least two major manufactures have said they've already begun to ship their supply.

Consumers should be seeing available flu shots in doctor's offices, pharmacies and even grocery stores in the next few weeks.

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