Health Tip: Who Needs a Flu Shot?
(HealthDay News) -- Debating whether to get a flu shot? With few exceptions, most people will benefit and a few in particular really need the vaccine.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these people are at greatest risk of flu and should get the shot:
Children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, and seniors aged 50 and older.
People with a chronic illness, such as diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease or kidney disease. Also, anyone with a suppressed immune system.
Children on aspirin therapy.
Anyone living in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
People who work in a health-care setting.
People who live with young children or older adults.
People who are obese.
People of Alaskan or American Indian descent.