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While the flu is no picnic for anyone, it can be especially risky and sometimes deadly for young children. But a new survey suggests many people still avoid the flu shot because of misconceptions about how it works, including that the vaccine actually can give you the flu.

It's still flu season, but a preliminary report by the US Centres for Disease Control suggests this year's flu shot is nearly 50 per cent effective at reducing a person's chance of getting sick. This is actually pretty good considering that, just two years ago, the flu shot's effectiveness was down at a paltry 19 per cent. Here's why the flu shot varies so widely from year to year -- and why you should get a shot this year if you haven't already.