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Yale Physician Predicts Bad Flu Season, Recommends Flu Shots

Jessica Forde recieves her H1N1 shot at the Delany Medical Center in the Bronx - Nov. 11, 2009 (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Jessica Forde recieves her H1N1 shot at the Delany Medical Center in the Bronx – Nov. 11, 2009 (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - Dr. David Katz, a preventive medicine expert at Yale University, says this flu season is shaping up to be a bad one.

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He said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling this an especially nasty strain.

So, Katz said it’s essential to get a flu shot.

“This year, it looks like a very good match, which suggests there will be a high level of protection against Influenza if you get vaccinated. So, we’ve got a nasty bug and good vaccine. Put those together. It’s a very strong argument for rolling up your sleeves,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

Katz said that some children have already died from flu complications, adding that a lot of people don’t realize it, but even a garden variety flu season kills as many as 30,000 people each year here in the United States.

He said some especially frail and elderly folks might want to get not only their flu shot, but also get, a few weeks later, get a booster just to be on the safe side.