|People who can get the flu shot:||People who can’t get the flu shot:||People who should talk to their doctor before getting the flu shot:|
- Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages, but there are flu shots that are approved for use in people as young as 6 months of age and up. Flu shots are approved for use in pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions.
- Children younger than 6 months are too young to get a flu shot.
- People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients. See Special Considerations Regarding Egg Allergy for more information about egg allergies and flu vaccine.
- If you have an allergy to eggs or any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your allergy.
- If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS). Some people with a history of GBS should not get this vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your GBS history.
- If you are not feeling well, talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
|Note: There are certain flu shots that have different age indications. For example, people younger than 65 years of age should not get the high-dose flu shot or the flu shot with adjuvant, and people who are younger than 18 years old or older than 64 years old should not get the intradermal flu shot.|
In this 2017 Flu Season the Center for Disease control (CDC) recommends use of injectable flu vaccines–inactivated influenza vaccine (or IIV)
or the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV).
The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2016-2017.