Who should get vaccinated has been determined by a vote taken on February 24th, 2010 by vaccine experts. They voted that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccination each year starting with this, the 2010-2011 flu season. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted for a “universal flue vaccination to expand the protection against the flu to more people. While the proclamation that everyone should get the vaccination hold’s true, there are others that are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because of the fact that they either live with of care for people who are at high risk for developing flu related complications.
List of People at High Risk for Developing These Complications:
1. Pregnant Women
2. Children Younger than 5, Especially Children Under the age of 2
3. People age 50 and older
4. People with and certain chronic medical conditions of any age
6. People whom care for or live with those at high risk including health care workers, household contacts of those at risk and household contacts and out of home caregivers for children under 6 months old.
Who Should Not Be Vaccinated
There are some people who should not get the vaccine without first consulting a physician. These include:
1. People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
2. People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
3. People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine.
4. Children less than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for this age group).
5. People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever and they should wait until they recuperate to get vaccinated.
This year, the new The Flu Vaccine Finder, powered by Google, provides information on where to find flu vaccinations. It provides dates, times, addresses and phone numbers for clinics offering flu shots near the zip codes provided. Google mapping will also show where each clinic is located, and is located here to help you find a flu vaccine or flu shot locations near you.