Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended universal flu vaccination to expand protection against the flu to more people.
While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated 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:
- Children younger than 5, especially younger than 2 years old
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks post-partum
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People living with or caring for those at high risk for complications from flu