Information for Specific Groups
Note: For the 2016-2017 season, CDC recommends use of the flu shot (inactivated influenza vaccine or IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2016-2017. The 2016-2017 influenza vaccination recommendations are now available.
Many people don't know if they are at high risk for complications from influenza. Some* of the people who are at higher risk for complications from influenza include:
- People with asthma
- People with diabetes
- People with heart disease and those who have had a stroke
- Adults 65 and older
- Pregnant women
- People who have HIV or AIDS
- People who have cancer
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
*For a complete list of people who are at higher risk for flu complications, see People at High Risk from Flu.
Materials are also available for:
Flu Information for Parents with Young Children
Advice for parents who want to keep their children healthy.
Influenza Vaccination Information for Health Care Workers
Information on the importance of influenza vaccination for people who work in health care.
Information for Health Professionals
Information about vaccination, infection control, prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of seasonal influenza for public health and health care professionals.
Information for Schools & Childcare Providers
Information on preventing the flu, common questions and answers, and poster materials for schools.
Information for Businesses & Employers
Information and tools on preventing the flu, workplace specific guidelines, and printable materials.
Legal Professionals and Policymakers
Legal materials related to influenza.
Flu Information for Travelers
Advice for actions to take before, during, and after trips to protect yourself from influenza.
- Page last reviewed: August 15, 2015
- Page last updated: May 25, 2016
- Content source:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)
- Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs