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December 18, 2013

It’s still not too late to get a flu shot, say health advocates, including the state Department of Health. Although there have been only a moderate number of flu outbreaks in New Jersey this year, some parts of the state have been heavily hit and there are still months in the season to go.

The good news is that a large number of New Jerseyans tend to get flu shots. Last year, 45.3 percent of all residents were vaccinated -- slightly more than the national average, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The reason for the number of flu vaccinations is that New Jersey children get flu shots at a relatively high rate. Indeed, 88 percent of children between the ages of six months and four years were vaccinated last year -- 18 percent more than the national average. On the other hand, New Jersey adults do not get the vaccine at the same rate as adults around the country. Those rates are typically 2 percent to 5 percent lower than elsewhere in the United States.

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