Who Should Get a Flu Shot (Vaccine) this Year?
In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. However, certain people should get vaccinated each year. They are either people who are at high risk of having serious flu complications or people who live with or care for those at high risk for serious complications.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends annual trivalent seasonal influenza immunization for all individuals, including all children and adolescents, aged <6 months during the 2012-2013 influenza season. In addition, special efforts should be made to vaccinate individuals in the following groups:
- All children, including infants born preterm, who are less than 6 months of age who have conditions that increase the risk of complications from influenza (e.g. children with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes mellitus, immunosuppression, or neurologic disorders);
- All household contacts and out-of-home care providers of:
- Children with high-risk conditions
- Children aged <5 years, especially infants aged <6 months
- All health care personnel (HCP)
- All women who are pregnant, are considering pregnancy, have just delivered, or are breastfeeding during the influenza season.
Where to Get the Flu Vaccine in Colorado
To find a Flu Clinic in Colorado, learn more about vaccines and additional resources, access information from the Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition (CIPAC).