Who Needs a Flu Vaccine?
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.
Who is at Risk?
People at high-risk include:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- People 65 years of age and older
- People of any age who have certain medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease
As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can still provide protection against the flu. Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and March in the United States, although activity can last as late as May. Flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks; the sooner you get vaccinated, the more likely you are to be protected against the flu when activity picks up in your community. View the CDC’s influenza summary map for a weekly update on flu activity in the United States.
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
If you haven’t gotten your flu vaccine yet, now’s the time! An annual flu vaccine is the single best way to protect against the flu.