Influenza (flu) vaccine is made each year with the most common circulating strains. Yearly flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged six months and older. Certain people are at greater risk, including:
- Young kids (especially kids under five years).
- People 65 years and older.
- People of any age with certain health conditions like asthma and lung diseases, diabetes, heart disease, neurological conditions, kidney or liver disorders, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and sickle cell anemia.
- Pregnant women.
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
- Health care professionals.
- Household contacts and caregivers of kids, especially those in contact with babies under six months of age who are too young to get seasonal flu vaccine.
- Household contacts and caregivers of people in any of the above groups.
There are two types of seasonal flu vaccine – an injectable (shot) and a nasal spray. With either one, kids under nine may need two doses in the same flu season if they haven't had flu vaccine before or if they haven't had two seasonal flu vaccines in any previous season.
For Adults Aged 65 and Older
There are special kinds of flu shots for people aged 65 and older that are different than regular flu shots. Fluzone High-Dose and Fluad adjuvanted shots are intended to give a stronger immune response than regular flu shots, offering better protection against flu illness. Your doctor will help you understand which flu shot is right for you. Grandparents… Protect your loved ones against flu and whooping cough (PDF) Other languages available
Current State-Supplied Flu-Containing Vaccines
Vaccine Information Statements
Nasal Spray (PDF) - Live, Intranasal Influenza Vaccine.
Flu Shot (PDF) - Inactivated Influenza Vaccine.
Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2020–21 Influenza Season, CDC MMWR
Vaccine Choice Product Overview (PDF)
Health Care Worker Influenza Immunization Toolkit, WithinReach WA
Frequently Asked Questions about Flu Vaccine
Flu Vaccine Safety and Availability, FDA
Vaccines and Immunizations, CDC