Are flu vaccinations just for high-risk groups, like the elderly?

No. Flu vaccinations are not just for high-risk groups. The current policy states that routine annual influenza vaccinations are recommended for all adolescents and adults age 6 months and older.

Optimally, vaccination should occur before the onset of influenza in the community. Therefore, vaccinations are offered as soon as a vaccine is available to the public.  In addition, vaccinations are made available throughout the flu season as long influenza viruses are circulating in your community.

Previously, it was recommended that persons at high risk for complications from influenza should be the priority.  But, that is no longer the case.

Read the AMA Council on Science and Public Health Report on Influenza and Influenza Vaccine.

Russell Kridel, MD