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Who Should Get Vaccinated Against Seasonal Influenza?

Protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone in your family that is 6 months and older. CDC recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection.

While everyone should get a flu vaccine each influenza season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious influenza-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing influenza-related complications:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • People 65 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from influenza, including:
    • Health care workers
    • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
    • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu

Note: For the 2017-2018 season, CDC recommends use of the flu shot (inactivated influenza vaccine or IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2017-2018. The 2017-2018 influenza vaccination recommendations are now available.

If you have questions about getting a flu shot contact your healthcare provider or your local health department.

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