Influenza: Who should get the flu vaccine? Who should not get the flu vaccine?
The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months receive an annual flu vaccine with rare exceptions. Anyone wishing to reduce their chances of catching the flu should get the vaccine.
Anyone with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine should not get the flu vaccine. Different flu vaccines are approved for use in people in different age groups and some are not recommended for certain groups of people. Factors that can determine suitability include a person’s age, health (current and past), and allergies. More detailed information can be found at Who Should and Who Should NOT get a Flu Vaccine.