The Flu Shot

The best way to guard against getting the flu is to get a yearly flu vaccine. Usually, you can get the vaccine at your doctor's office or a local clinic, and in many communities at workplaces, supermarkets, and drugstores.

The CDC generally recommends the flu shots for the following populations:

  • Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
  • Anyone over 50 years of age and older.
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.
  • Pregnant women.
  • 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 flu, including:
    • Health care workers
    • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
    • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

For more information, visit the CDC.

     

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