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Fall is almost here and that means flu season is too

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the new flu vaccine for this year.

Each year the FDA works with other federal agencies and global health experts to design a vaccine to protect against the three viral strains most likely to cause the flu. This year's vaccine has one strain in common with last year's vaccine, plus two new viral strains.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 5-20% of Americans get the flu each year.  The flu leads to 200,000 hospitalizations.  It also accounts for 3,000 to 49,000 deaths each year.