Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department

serving two counties with one common goal


Who should get a seasonal flu vaccination?

Flu vaccine is recommended for anyone over 6 months old.

Heightened importance for:

  • Anyone over 65 years old
  • All children who are at least 6 months old through 18 years old
  • women who are pregnant or intend to be pregnant during flu season
  • All healthcare workers
  • Any adult or child with a chronic illness like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, muscle or nervous system disease, immune system problems, blood disease
  • Adults and children with spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other condition that might affect respiratory functions or swallowing
  • Anyone who lives in a nursing home
  • Any child over 6 months and under 18 years who takes aspirin regularly
  • Anyone who is a household member or caretaker of a person at high risk for flu complications

Flu vaccine is strongly encouraged for:

  • People who provide essential community services
  • People who live in close quarters with many other people, such as dormitories and other residential groups
  • Anyone who want to reduce the risk of getting flu this year.
  • People who are traveling to the tropics at any time of year, or to the southern hemisphere from September to April.

Who should not get a flu shot:

  • People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past
  • People who developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within six weeks of getting an influenza vaccine
  • Children less than six months old
  • People who are sick with a fever (once symptoms are over, you can get vaccinated)