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Who Should Get the Flu Shot?

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.
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