Few who need flu shots are getting them

Government health officials are sounding an alarm that only a fraction of the people who need flu shots the most are getting them.

Their figures show just one in five babies and toddlers are getting flu vaccines.

The warning comes from officials who are worried a string of mild flu seasons and confusion over vaccines in recent years are deterring people from a simple lifesaver.

Manufacturers expect to ship more than 130 million doses of flu vaccine in coming months. And, officials say it's not too late to get vaccinated later, in the winter.

The flu kills about 36,000 Americans a year, and lands about 200,000 in the hospital.

Vaccines are recommended especially for anyone over 50 or under 5, and people with asthma, heart disease and other chronic illnesses; pregnant women; and anyone who comes in close contact with high-risk patients.