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Flu shots and vaccine suppliers

Flu season is still here and government health officials urge almost everyone to get vaccinated.

In something of a suggestion for a New Year's resolution, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended again Wednesday that people who have not gotten flu shots find a spot to get one.

If the needle is the issue, some vaccine is available via nasal spray.

The Food and Drug Administration notes that everyone six months of age and older should be vaccinated and that "seasonal flu vaccines have a very good safety track record."

But because every drug has a possible side effect, the FDA noted that, "mild reactions such as soreness, headaches, and fever are common side effects of the flu vaccine. If you experience a severe reaction such as difficulty breathing, hives, or facial swelling, seek medical attention immediately."

The FDA web site has links to more flu vaccine information, including a gizmo to help you find a location. You plug in your zip code and the result is a map with options. That link is here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an informative page on flu vaccine and the link to the main page is here.

Under that umbrella is a page with more industry-oriented information about which companies are supplying which vaccines in this flu season. That link is here.