CDC GUIDANCE


The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older receive a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s critically important that certain people receive a flu vaccine either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.


High risk categories include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than five, but especially children younger than two years old
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • 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:
    • Healthcare workers
    • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
    • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than six months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)