Should I Get a Flu Shot?
People who are in any of the following groups, or who live in a household with someone who is, should get a flu shot:
- You are 50 years of age or older
- You have chronic diseases of your heart, lungs, or kidneys
- You have diabetes
- Your immune system does not function properly
- You have a severe form of anemia
- You will be more than three months pregnant during the flu season
- You live in a nursing home or other chronic-care housing facility
- You are in close contact with children 23 months of age or younger.
The CDC recommends that children 6 to 23 months of age get flu shots. Children and teenagers (2 to 18 years of age) should get shots 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 shots if they live in a household with someone in the previously mentioned groups. Healthcare providers and volunteers should get flu shots if they work with people in any of these groups.