Flu activity has returned to summer-time levels.
According to a report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the 2014-2015 season was moderately severe overall, and severe for people 65 years and older, with very high hospitalization rates in that age group. While most flu activity occurs from October to May in the United States, flu viruses are detected year-round, including at lower levels during the summer months.
Who Should Get a Seasonal Flu Vaccine?
- All people age 6 months and older
- People at high risk for severe flu complications
- Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season
- Anyone who takes care of infants under 6 months of age
- Persons aged 50 years or older
- Persons of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- Anyone who lives with or cares for people at high risk for flu-related complications. This includes household contacts
- Health-care personnel
- Anyone who wants to protect themselves and others
- If your child is between 6 months and 8 years of age (up to their 9th birthday), and this is their FIRST flu shot, it is strongly recommended to receive 2 shots (four weeks apart).
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