Should Everyone Get A Flu Vaccine?

Question: Should everyone get a flu vaccine?

Answer: In the United States, we've traditionally given vaccine for influenza to high-risk groups and then have gradually changed our policy to groups that are at the highest risk of being attacked by influenza, being young children. We've gradually seen an expansion, and so over the coming years we're going to try and immunize more and more people. Currently we would recommend that anybody who is interested in preventing themselves or their family members from catching influenza to get immunized.

We want much of the attention to go into those high risk groups: the elderly, the very young, and people with chronic medical conditions. But really everybody should consider getting themselves vaccinated against influenza.

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