Who cannot get flu shot?

Flu shot is recommended annually especially for elderly, children, health-care workers, people residing in long-term care facility and those with chronic disease. It is strongly recommended, especially in the recent concerning severe flu outbreak which has been leading to productivity losses. However, there are certain conditions which preclude someone from getting their annual flu shot such as:

  • Severe allergy to chicken eggs.
  • Severe reaction to a flu shot in the past.
  • Incidence of Guillain-Barre syndrome within six weeks of a previous flu shot. Read more about Guillain-Barre Syndrome here.
  • Children younger than 6 months of age (flu shot is not approved for that age group).
  • Current illness which include fever. If you have a current illness and having a fever, you should wait until the symptoms improved to get your flu shot.
  • Incidence of narcolepsy after H1N1 immunization.

  Read more about flu shot here.

 

If you have any health related questions, you should consult your own family physician or pediatrician!

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