Health care and public health leaders have ramped up efforts to contain the flu this season, with the coronavirus pandemic already straining health systems.

Massachusetts in August announced a student flu vaccine mandate, and is believed to be the first state to require vaccinations for students. The state's Department of Public Health now is also authorizing pharmacists to administer vaccines to anyone 3 and up, whereas pharmacies like Walgreens had previously given flu shots only to people 9 or older.

Public health experts recommend that individuals receive a vaccination annually by the end of October, since the virus mutates each year.

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