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Flu shot season arrives bigger than ever

Just after the news that "swine flu" is no longer a global threat, it's time to roll up our sleeves for another shot.

Flu vaccination season started early this year, and it's expected to be bigger than ever.

A bumper crop of 160 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine is being produced, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. This is about 40 percent more than last year.

For the first time, the CDC is recommending universal influenza vaccination. Instead of confusing lists based on age and health status, now it’s simple: Everybody more than 6 months old is advised to get a shot.

“We in public health think that vaccination can benefit everybody. We’ve been moving in that direction for several years,” said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner.

“The bottom line is people can start getting vaccinated now. If it’s available, go get it.”

Pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens offer vaccines in Kansas City.

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