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HOUSTON Flu season is back at full strength, and Texas is one of the hardest hit states, so health experts are advising everyone to get a flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control says that there is a more severe strain that is spreading and the flu season is off to one of its earliest starts in 10 years.

Doctors like Carol Baker are urging people to get vaccinated.

This is very much like 2003 to 2004 where we had so many deaths, so many hospitalizations, she said.

According to the CDC, only about a third percent of the population who can get a flu shot has gotten a shot.

Julie Kudlacek made sure her four-year-old twin granddaughters got the vaccine as soon as it was available. As a nurse, she said she s seen how the flu can affect young kids.

Children get dehydrated very quickly, you don t realize how sick they are, so you really need to get kids vaccinated, she said.

Children between the ages of 6 months and two years need to get two shots.

The first dose doesn t protect, it s what we call primes, it gets their body ready to respond to the second dose, Baker said.

Baker said every year perfectly healthy children die from the flu a preventable sickness.

You can get a flu shot for around $25 at local pharmacies.

Some clinics offer it free to low-income patients.

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