There's still time to get the flu vaccine

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials say it's not too late to get the flu vaccine.

Officials said even though the vaccine is not a perfect match for the strain of flu that's making most people sick in the United States this year, it still offers some protection against the flu and its complications.

The Health Department recommends those at a higher risk for influenza be vaccinated, including children age 6 months through 4 years; pregnant women, adults age 65 and older; and people with certain chronic medical conditions, including asthma, heart disease, diabetes and chronic lung disease.

"We want to make sure that New Hampshire residents are as well protected as possible against the flu and the best preventive step is still to get vaccinated," said Dr. José Montero, director of public health. "It is also important that if you do think you have the flu, speak with your health care provider as soon as possible and stay home from school and work to avoid spreading it to others who are at risk."

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