Who Should Get the Flu Shot?
People who are in any of the following groups, or who live in a household with someone who is, should get the flu shot:
- 50 years of age or older
- Have chronic diseases of your heart, lungs, or kidneys
- Have diabetes
- Immune system does not function properly
- Have a severe form of anemia
- Will be more than three months pregnant during the flu season
- Live in a nursing home or other chronic-care housing facility
- Are in close contact with children 23 months of age or younger.
The CDC recommends that children 6 months to 23 months of age get the flu shot. Children and teenagers (2 to 18 years of age) should get the shot if they are taking long-term aspirin treatment, as they may be at risk of developing Reye's syndrome following a flu infection. Children should also get the shot if they live in a household with someone in the above-mentioned groups. Healthcare providers and volunteers should get the flu shot if they work with people in any of these groups.