Should You Get A Flu Shot?
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends all persons aged 6 months and older get the annual vaccination, with rare exception. Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages, but there are flu shots that are approved for use in people as young as 6 months of age and up. Flu shots are approved for use in pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions.
Who should not get a flu shot?
- Children younger than 6 months are too young to get a flu shot.
- People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients. See Special Considerations Regarding Egg Allergy(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/egg-allergies.htm) for more information about egg allergies and flu vaccine.
Who should talk to their doctor before getting the flu shot?
- If you have an allergy to eggs or any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your allergy. See Special Considerations Regarding Egg Allergy(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/egg-allergies.htm) for more information about egg allergies and flu vaccine.
- If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS). Some people with a history of GBS should not get this vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your GBS history.
- If you are not feeling well, talk to your doctor about your symptoms.