Flu season starts this month and peaks in late January. You can get a flu shot anytime during flu season, but it’s best to get it early.
Who Should Get A Flu Shot?
The following groups of people are more likely to experience complications from the flu, and they should get a shot early in the season:
- People age 50 and older
- People with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, asthma, kidney disease, anemia, endocrine disorder, or diseases of the immune system.
- Children 6 months to 5 years old
- Pregnant women in the second or third trimester
- People age 6 months to 18 years of age who are on aspirin therapy for any reason
Healthcare workers should also get flu shots since they’re more likely to be exposed.
WARNING: If you have a severe allergy to eggs, you should not get a flu shot, as it could cause an allergic reaction. People with a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome should also talk to their doctor before getting a flu shot.