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SALT LAKE CITY -- It may only be August, but Utah health officials say it's not too soon to start thinking of this year's flu season.

"We need to have all Utahns this coming year, immunized," says Dr. David Sundwall, executive director of the Utah Department of Health.

That was the message at Wednesday's Utah Influenza Summit, which brought public and private health care professionals together to look back at past flu response and plan for the future.

Last year's H1N1 influenza strain tested response plans and put 1,300 Utahns in the hospital. This year, there's only one vaccination that includes H1N1 protection.

"People wonder, can I get vaccinated now? What if it's September - is that too early?" No. It's not too early," says Dr. Anne Schuchat, U.S. Assistant Surgeon General.

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