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)