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Public health experts say this year everyone should get a flu shot, if possible.

USA TODAY

The U.S. could “start getting things back to relative normal” as soon as the spring if early testing on vaccines holds up and people agree to be vaccinated, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday.

“If we get the overwhelming majority of people taking the vaccine … people can start thinking about doing things that were too dangerous just months ago,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The encouraging words come as hospitals across the nation are strained by a record number of coronavirus patients and new infections have surpassed 100,000 each day for almost two weeks straight.

The U.S. remains the global hot spot. Eleven countries have reported more than 1 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began at the start of the year. The United States has