The Flu Vaccine: Health 101

Who shouldn't get the flu vaccine?

While the flu vaccine is one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended childhood vaccinations, people who fall into the following categories should not receive it:

  1. Babies under 6 months
  2. Kids who've had an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine in the past
  3. Kids who are severely allergic to eggs (since the vaccine is grown in chicken eggs, traces of egg protein may be present)
  4. Those with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), a nervous system disorder
  5. Kids who are moderately or severely ill (more than just a cold, for example) should wait to get vaccinated

Furthermore, the nasal spray should be avoided by the following groups:

  • Kids younger than 2 and adults 50 and older
  • Kids with asthma or other respiratory problems
  • Kids with long-term health problems including diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, or lung disease
  • Pregnant women

Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about whether or not the flu vaccine is safe for your child.

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