Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?
Who Should Get the Seasonal Flu Vaccine?
Everyone! For the first time, all people 6 months and older are recommended for annual influenza vaccination. This year’s flu vaccine will protect against three viruses (an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season).
While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that people in the following groups get vaccinated, either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:
- Pregnant women (any trimester)
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- People 65 years of age and older
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives, who last flu season seemed to be at higher risk of flu complications
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who are morbidly obese (Body Mass Index, or BMI, of 40 or greater)
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
For the full list of people at high risk of serious flu complications see “People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications“