The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual influenza vaccination for all people over the age of 6 months. This universal recommendation means that protection from influenza is expanded to a greater number of people.
Certain people may be at increased risk for developing influenza-related complications, including adults age 65 and older, adults with certain chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children, and infants younger than 6 months of age. Those younger than 6 months old are too young to be vaccinated against influenza, but they are at the greatest risk of hospitalization due to influenza-related complications. To create a protective “cocoon” of immunity around unvaccinated infants, parents should get older siblings, themselves, and all others who come in close contacts with the baby immunized.
Get the facts about flu and children
Public service announcement (:30 animated video) on how to detect, prevent, and treat the flu from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Getting vaccinated is the best and safest way for pregnant women to protect their babies and themselves from flu