- Flu shot
- The flu (influenza) vaccine is recommended annually (each year) for persons at high risk for serious complications from influenza virus infection, including: Everyone age 65 or more; People with chronic diseases of the heart; People with chronic diseases of the lung; People with chronic diseases of the kidneys; People with diabetes; People with immunosuppression; People with severe forms of anemia; Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities; Children and teenagers receiving long-term aspirin therapy (who may therefore be at risk for developing Reye syndrome after an influenza virus infection); Women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the influenza season; People in close or frequent contact with anyone at high risk, including: Physicians, nurses, and other personnel in both hospital and outpatient-care settings; Employees of nursing homes and chronic-care facilities who have contact with patients or residents; Providers of home care to persons at high risk (e.g., visiting nurses and volunteer workers); and Household members (including children) of persons in high-risk groups. People with an allergy to eggs should not receive influenza vaccine.
Medical dictionary. 2011.