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.

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“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.

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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.