Who Should Not Get the Flu Shot?
There are a few exceptions that include people who should NOT get the flu shot. According to the CDC, infants younger than six months old should not get the flu shot. Another group of people who should not get the flu shot is anyone who has a severe, life-threatening allergy to an ingredient in the flu vaccine, including items like gelatin, antibiotics or others.iii Get these allergies confirmed by a doctor and ask them if there are any other vaccine options available to you.
Importance of Getting a Flu Shot
The most obvious reason getting a flu shot is important is that it reduces flu-related illness and the risk of serious flu complications.iv
When deciding who should get a flu shot, it's also vital to recognize that some people are more at risk for getting the flu and developing complications from the flu. Young children, adults 65 and over, pregnant women, people with heart disease, people with asthma, people with cancer and others are all at a high risk for flu complications that can lead to hospitalization or even death. Flu complications include worsening of pre-existing symptoms, as well as getting pneumonia, bronchitis or sinus infections.v Some of these flu complications can lead to hospitalization and even death in some cases.
It's important that vulnerable individuals get flu shots, but it's also important that healthy individuals do as well. Some pre-existing conditions such as allergies, age and immune system issues mentioned above can prevent vulnerable people from getting a flu shot. The best way you can protect those around you is to get the flu shot to reduce the risk of spreading it to them. Learn more about flu symptoms, treatment and more in our Theraflu Power Living resource center.