After recent studies, the CDC has issued new guidelines this season. They're recommending children ages six months to 23 months get vaccinated. This age group was encouraged to get the shot in previous years, but now the CDC is maker stricter guidelines.
Other guidelines have remained the same. Those at high-risk and recommended to get an influenza vaccine include:
- People more than 50 years of age
- People living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
- Anyone with a chronic heart or lung condition- including asthmatics
- People more than 6 months of age with a depressed immune system
- Women who will be pregnant during flu season
- Healthcare workers
- Caregivers of young children
County health departments will start their immunization programs in mid-October.
Rumors that this will be a bad flu season may not be true. Health experts say they have no way of predicting when the flu will strike or how serious it will be.