Immunize Against the Flu. EVERY YEAR. EVERY BODY.
A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
- Get vaccinated each year as soon as the flu vaccine becomes available in your community.
- Flu vaccines protect against viruses that research suggests will be most common each year.
- Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the current season's vaccines are available.
- Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated so people who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
- People at high risk of developing serious flu complications should be vaccinated (e.g. children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older).
- Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities should get an annual flu vaccine.