Staying Healthy In Flu Season:
During the flu season we want to make sure you're up-to-date on your flu facts. When you're informed and aware, you're more likely to avoid illness. Read our recommendations for staying healthy this flu season and be sure you understand your coverage.
Get a Flu Vaccine
Flu vaccines are crucial to reducing your risk of illness and stopping the spread of the flu virus. Experts now recommend that everyone age six months and older get a flu vaccine each year. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that the following groups are at highest risk and in greatest need:
Adults 65 years and older
Health care workers and emergency medical responders
People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
People of any age with underlying medical conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes)
People caring for infants under six months
Children younger than five, but especially children younger than two years old (see exception below for children six months through eight years of age)
Native American and Inuit peoples seem to be at higher risk of flu complications
Important Exception for Children: Children six months through eight years of age who have never received a flu vaccination may need more than one dose of flu vaccine in the first year they receive it. Parents should check with their child's pediatrician first.