Influenza is a lot more serious than many people realize, killing 80,000 individuals during the 2017 to 2018 flu season in the United States. Pregnant women and individuals with heart disease, respiratory conditions like asthma and HIV are all at greater risk of developing life-threatening complications from the flu. Getting a flu shot is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from this nasty disease. The good news is the flu shot is covered by most healthcare plans, so you typically pay nothing or very little.
CDC Guidelines for the Flu Shot
Per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone over the age of six months should get vaccinated. This recommendation was put in place in 2010 because it was determined that universal flu prevention needed to be extended to protect more people in the United States. The only people who shouldn't get a flu vaccine are babies younger than six months old and people with life-threatening allergies to the flu shot. Everyone else should get the vaccine every year. The CDC also recommends waiting no longer than the end of October to get your shot before the flu starts to spread around your community.