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Flu shots can cure epidemic of broken resolutions

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Yes, it’s too late to make good on most of those 2014 New Year’s resolutions you pretty much forgot about by the end of last January.

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But there’s one for which you still have a chance to give yourself a gold star. If you haven’t got a flu shot for the 2014-2015 season, do it now.

The peak time for the flu isn’t until the end of January, February and early March. But it takes a couple of weeks for the vaccine’s protection reach its most effective level, so now would be a good time to act.

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the flu is officially an epidemic, and Illinois is among the hardest-hit states.

You may have heard that this year’s vaccine isn’t as effective as in some past years because health officials didn’t do as good a job predicting which strains would be prevalent. But even for strains that have mutated, a shot can mitigate symptoms.

A flu shot now might mean you won’t have to be reaching for Tamiflu or Relenza later on.