Health Department recommends flu vaccination

The New York State Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine every year. This is a healthy habit worth picking up, especially considering the fact that the flu causes tens of thousands of deaths (cdc.gov). The New York State Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with a host of other health organizations, support the recommendation that everyone 6 months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine every year. Certain people are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated annually because they are at a higher risk for flu-related health complications. These high-risk groups include:

  • All family members, household contacts and care providers of children who are younger than 5 years old -– with a special emphasis on those who care for infants under 6 months -– and people 50 years and older
  • People with weakened immune systems or certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma or diabetes
  • All health care professionals
  • Pregnant women
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