Who should get a flu vaccine?

Everyone is at risk for seasonal influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone six months and older get a flu vaccine.

While flu can make anyone sick, certain people have a higher risk of developing serious flu complications:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5 years, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • People 65 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

It’s also important that people who live with or care for those at high risk of serious flu complications get vaccinated, including:

  • Health care workers
  • Parents, family and friends around children younger than 6 months of age who are too young to be vaccinated
  • People caring for their elderly parents, or other elderly adults

See the CDC’s full list of people who are at high risk of serious flu complications.

CDC – Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine


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As parents, determining how best to protect our children can be overwhelming and confusing. We’re here to help.

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The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children ages 5 through 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study…
Minors, 5 through 17 years of age, need parental consent to be vaccinated…


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