The annual seasonal flu vaccine is available as a shot and a nasal spray, but the nasal spray isn't recommended for everyone.
The American Academy of Family Physicians says these people should not get the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine:
- Children under age 2, or adults aged 50 and older.
- Anyone with a chronic health condition or a weak immune system.
- Anyone taking aspirin therapy.
- Women who are pregnant.
- Anyone with Guillain-Barre syndrome, diabetes, or heart, lung or kidney disease.
- Anyone with an egg allergy or a previous allergic reaction to the flu vaccine.
Health Tip: At Greater Risk of Flu Complications?
Some people are more susceptible than others to developing complications of the flu. Experts say it's especially important that people with these risk factors speak with a doctor about getting the annual flu vaccine.
The American Academy of Family Physicians says people at greater risk of flu complications include:
- Young people aged 6 months to 19 years.
- Adults 50 and older.
- People with chronic health problems.
- Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant.
- Anyone living in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
- Health care workers in direct contact with patients.
- People who care for children younger than 6 months.