The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all people 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu.
Protect you and your family with this year's flu vaccine, updated for current strains. The vaccine will keep your symptoms mild or help you avoid the flu altogether. Get your shot before the flu gets you.
Who should get the flu shot?
An annual flu shot is recommended for these groups:
- Adults 50 years of age and older
- Residents of long term care facilities with chronic medical conditions
- People with a serious long-term health condition, such as a weakened immune system due to:
- HIV/Aids or other diseases that affect the immune system
- Long-term treatment with drugs such as steroids
- Cancer treatment with x-rays or drugs
- Women who will be past the 3rd month of pregnancy during the influenza season
- Health care professionals, family members or others in close contact with people at risk of serious influenza
Others who should consider getting influenza vaccine include:
- People who provide essential community services
- Travelers to the Southern hemisphere between April and September, or those traveling to the tropics any time during the year
Students and staff at schools and colleges, to prevent outbreaks
- Individuals who wants to reduce their chance of catching influenza
- Anyone 2 years or older who has a disease or condition that lowers the body's resistance to infections, such as:
- Hodgkin's disease
- Kidney Failure
- Nephritic Syndrome
- Lymphoma, Leukemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- HIV Infections
- AIDS damaged Spleen or no Spleen
- Organ Transplant
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all healthy children ages 6 months to 18 years old get vaccinated against the flu. Parents should accompany their children.