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Flu facts and figures

*5 percent to 20 percent: Portion of U.S. population that gets the flu each year

*200,000: On average, Americans hospitalized with flu complications each year

*36,000: On average, Americans of all ages who die of flu complications each year

*83: Children who died of flu complications in the 2007-08 flu season

*261 million: Number of Americans for whom the flu vaccine is currently recommended

*22.1 percent: Children ages 6 to 23 months who were fully vaccinated last year

*16.5 percent: Children ages 24 to 59 months who were fully vaccinated last year

*42 percent: Adults ages 50 to 64 who were vaccinated for 2006-07

*72.1 percent Adults age 65 and older who were vaccinated for 2006-07

*146 million: Doses of flu vaccine that will be manufactured this year; an all-time high

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data reflect most recent years for which statistics are available.

For more information on influenza and protecting yourself, go to the CDC's flu page at www.cdc.gov/flu.

To find a flu clinic, see the American Lung Association's www.flucliniclocator.org. Also, Maxim Health Systems holds 25,000 flu clinics nationwide; locations are at www.findaflushot.com.

-- Los Angeles Times

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