Influenza Vaccination Recommendations
Vaccinations are offered beginning in October. In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu should get the vaccination; however, there are certain people that are recommended to get it every year. These people are either at high risk of having serious flu complications or live with/take care of people at high risk.
People who should be vaccinated each year are:
* Children aged 6-59 months
* Pregnant women
* People 50 years or older
* People with chronic health conditions
* People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
* Household contacts for those who are at high risk for serious flu complications
* Household contacts and caregivers for children less than 6 months old
* Healthcare workers
People who should NOT be vaccinated each year are:
* People with severe allergy to chicken eggs
* People who've had a severe reaction to the vaccination in the past
* People who previously developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome within six week of getting the vaccine.
* Children less than 6 months of age
* People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.
Information provided according to guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control.
For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov.