Should everyone take Flu Shots ??

Yes. The CDC says everyone over 6 months old should get a flu vaccination every year. It’s the surest way to protect yourself from the flu.

“The flu vaccine stimulates your body to make antibodies,” says Patricia Winokur, MD, a professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Iowa. They help your immune system fight flu viruses when you come in contact with them.

You’ve probably heard about someone who got their vaccine but got the flu anyway. It happens, but the vaccine still helps even if you get sick. It makes the illness less severe than it would be without it. People who get a flu shot are less likely to need to go to the hospital.

And even if you’re healthy and not worried about getting sick, get a flu shot to protect your loved ones. Babies, young kids, older adults, and those with chronic health problems can get seriously sick from the flu.

Who Needs a Flu Vaccine?

Just about everyone older than 6 months should get one, but the flu vaccine is especially important for:

  • People 65 and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with asthma
  • Kids younger than 5, especially younger than 2
  • People who live in a nursing home
  • Anyone with health problems, like diabetes, HIV, cancer, heart disease, or who’s had a stroke
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