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a syringe and child's magnet letters spelling out 'get your flu shot'Flu shot: Your best bet for avoiding influenza
Influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, particularly in young children, older adults and people with certain medical conditions. Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications, but it takes up to two weeks to build immunity after receiving one. As flu season approaches, here are answers to some common questions about flu shots.


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Cooking tips for beans and other legumes
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