updated 10/31/2003 7:15:41 PM ET 2003-11-01T00:15:41

This year’s supply of flu vaccine is expected to be plentiful, and shots will be available starting next month, federal officials said Thursday.

The centers for Disease Control and Prevention said October and November are the best time to receive a shot to be protected during peak flu season, which typically runs from December to March.

Flu shots may be given to those 6 months or older. The CDC urges shots for the elderly and people with heart or lung disease, diabetes, asthma or illnesses that suppress the immune system such as AIDS.

Health care workers and others in close contact with those at high risk also should be vaccinated, the CDC said.

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