Who Needs to Be Vaccinated?
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get immunized against the flu, unless there's a medical reason not to.
The CDC says the vaccine is especially important for people who are at high risk of serious complications if they get the flu, including:
- Kids younger than age 5, but in particular those under age 2.
- People who are 65 or older
- Pregnant women
- People who live in nursing homes or other kinds of long-term care facilities
- Adults and kids with diseases of the lungs (like asthma), heart, kidneys, liver, blood, or metabolism (like diabetes)
- Anyone under age 19 who gets long-term aspirin therapy
- American Indians and Alaskan natives