Every year tens of thousands of Americans die from flu, but surprisingly few of us are doing the one thing that can prevent it, receiving our flu shot. In fact, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department fewer than 50% of us received a flu shot last year.
So, who should get the flu shot? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says nearly everyone age 6 months and older. Let’s take a closer look at their recommendations.
People Who Should Get the Flu Shot
The flu shot is recommended for everyone six months and older with few exceptions. Flu shots are tailored for different ages. Flu shots are approved for women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding and for those with chronic health conditions.
People Who Should NOT Get the Flu Shot
Children younger than 6 months may not receive a flu shot. People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine also may not receive a flu shot.
People Who Should Talk to Their Doctor Before Getting the Flu Shot
If you are allergic to eggs or any other ingredients in the flu vaccine, talk to your doctor before receiving a shot. You should also make your doctor aware if you have ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS). Finally, if you are not feeling well the day you are supposed to receive your shot talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
Where to Get Your Flu Shot
Ideally, you have a relationship with a primary care doctor and their office is the perfect place to get your shot. If you don’t have a primary care doctor you can search for one in our online directory. All Roper St. Francis Express Cares also offer flu shots on walk-in basis. Find a location near you.