It's time for the flu vaccine again. This year the vaccine is targeting new strains. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months or older get a flu shot.
Just because the flu shot is available and the CDC is suggesting you get one, doesn't mean there aren't a few people who cannot get vaccinated. The CDC says the following folks should not get a flu shot:
- Anyone who has a severe allergy to chicken eggs
- Anyone who's had a severe reaction to a past flu shot
- Anyone with a fever (wait until they get better to get the shot)
- Anyone with a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome -- this one isn't black and white, see your doctor to decide if the risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome outweighs the risk of contracting the flu
I wasn't always a believer in the flu shot, but the evidence is strong that it works. I recommend you listen to the CDC. Get vaccinated.
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