For the 2016-2017 season, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the use of the flu shot for everyone over the age of six months. Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages – patients over the age of 65 also have the option of getting the high-dose trivalent form of the flu shot, which prompts the body to make more antibodies against the flu virus.
Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of serious influenza complications or people who live with or care for people at higher risk for serious complications. Flu shots are highly recommended for pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions.
There are certain people, however, who should not receive a flu shot:
- Children younger than six months.
- People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredients in it.
- Some people who have had Guillain-Barré Syndrome – talk to your doctor.
- If you are not feeling well or have a fever – again, talk to your doctor.
Even if you are usually healthy, an annual flu shot is recommended. Talk to your doctor about getting your flu shot today – it’s not too late!