Who Should Get Vaccinated?
Most people who get the flu will have only mild illness and will not need medical care. However, some people are more likely to get flu complications, and they should talk to a healthcare provider about whether they need to be examined and treated if they get sick with flu-like symptoms this season.
These high-risk groups are:
Northwestern Medicine recommends that people with the following conditions take special precautions during flu season:
Anyone, whether they are healthy or not, can develop severe illness from the flu. Anyone concerned about symptoms, discomfort or illness should consult a healthcare provider.
Family members of people who cannot get the flu vaccine because they are too young or have a history of negative reactions to the vaccine should get vaccinated themselves to avoid spreading the virus.