It’s that time of year: flu shot season. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual imunization against influenza for everyone six months of age and older — including pregnant women. In fact, pregnant women, those under age 5, and seniors over 65 are at greater risk of developing life-threatening, flu-related complications.
This year’s shot is identical to last year’s, but the CDC still recommends that everyone get re-vaccinated since immunity wears off over time and annual vaccination provides the best protection.
To find a flu clinic near you, check out the Masspro website developed in partnership with the state Department of Public Health.
Certain individuals should not get flu shots, according to the CDC, including those with severe allergic reactions to eggs, serious reactions to previous flu shots, or a history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome that occurred after receiving influenza vaccine.