Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

Health Minute

It's easy to get the care you need.

See a Premier Physician Network provider near you.

Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine each year according to the Centers for Disease Control.

While everyone should get a flu shot every year, it’s especially important the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing complications:

  • 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:
    • Health care workers
    • Caregivers of children less than six months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

There are also people who should not receive the flu shot. They include:

  • People currently ill, feverish, or symptomatic
  • People with previous allergy or extreme reaction to the flu shot
  • People that have developed Guillan Barre from a previous vaccination
  • People with allergies to eggs should not have a flu shot

Your physician will be able to tell you whether you or your children should receive a flu shot.

It's easy to get the care you need.

See a Premier Physician Network provider near you.