Health Watch -- Flu Prevention: Who Needs It?
The CDC recommends that children aged 6 months to 5 years, pregnant women, people over the age of 50 and anyone of any age with a chronic medical condition be vaccinated. People who live with or care for people in these high-risk groups should also get a flu shot. People with Medicare Part B can usually get a flu shot at no cost. Dr. James Luby, an infectious diseases expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says preventing the flu is important to help avoid serious complications such as pneumonia, which can be life-threatening in high-risk groups.
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