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While it is im­por­tant to get vac­ci­nated against the flu virus as early as pos­si­ble, it is never too late to reap the ben­e­fits of this vac­cine. Ac­cord­ing to The Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion, the peak months for the spread of the flu virus are Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary and the sea­son can last into mid-May. Those at high­est risk of com­pli­ca­tions from the flu are young chil­dren; peo­ple 65 and older; preg­nant women; and peo­ple with health con­di­tions such as heart, lung or kid­ney disease, or a weak­ened im­mune sys­tem. "Adults age 65 and older face the great­est risk of se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions and even death as a re­sult of in­fluenza. That is why it is so im­por­tant that they get im­mu­nized. Even when older adults con­tract the flu af­ter im­mu­niza­tion, which can hap­pen, those cases tend to be less se­vere and of shorter du­ra­tion," says Dr. Mark Lachs, di­rec­tor of ge­ri­atrics at NewYork-Pres­by­te­rian Hospi­tal.

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