This year, experts are warning that flu season may be particularly severe.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of December, if possible.
Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people 65 years and older, and people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease or those with a compromised immune system.
Vaccination also is important for people who live with or care for high risk people to prevent infecting them with flu that could easily lead to serious illness. Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of severe flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for infants should be vaccinated to protect the vulnerable people around them. Also, all people working in a health care facility, such as a doctor’s office, should receive a flu vaccine.