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  • flu shotThe following groups are recommended to get a yearly flu vaccine:

    • All persons aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated annually.

    • Protection of persons at higher risk for influenza-related complications should continue to be a focus of vaccination efforts as providers and programs transition to routine vaccination of all persons aged 6 months and older.

    • When vaccine supply is limited, vaccination efforts should focus on delivering vaccination to persons who:  

      • are aged 6 months through 4 years (59 months);
      • are aged 50 years and older;
      • have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);
      • are immunosuppressed (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus);
      • are or will be pregnant during the influenza season;
      • are aged 6 months through 18 years and receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who therefore might be at
      • risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection;
      • are residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities;
      • are American Indians/Alaska Natives;
      • are morbidly obese (body-mass index is 40 or greater);
      • are health-care personnel;
      • are household contacts and caregivers of children aged younger than 5 years and adults aged 50 years and older, with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children aged younger than 6 months; and are household contacts and caregivers of persons with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza.

     Consult with  your doctor before getting an influenza vaccination if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to eggs or a previous dose of influenza vaccine, or have a history of Guillain-Barr Syndrome.

    If you are moderately or severely ill at the time the shot is scheduled you should usually wait until you recover before getting influenza vaccine. Talk to your doctor or nurse about rescheduling the vaccination.

    Call 401-444-4800 for more flu shot information.

    Source: CDC