Influenza Vaccination

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the Influenza (flu) vaccination every year for most people 6 months and older. Getting the flu vaccine can reduce illness, antibiotic use, missed school and work, hospitalizations, doctor visits, and death caused by complications from the flu.

It is a priority for Lurie Children’s to ensure that as many of our patients as possible receive the flu vaccine prior to the flu season. This is in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the CDC.

Patients who are considered high-risk, and their close contacts, will be given special consideration to receive the flu vaccine as soon as it is available. High-risk patients include those with the following conditions/diagnoses:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Intestinal Failure
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes Mellitus (Type I or Type II Diabetes)
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Liver Transplant
  • Neuromuscular Weakness
  • Those who are Ventilator Dependent

We will offer the flu vaccine to all eligible patients (6 months and older, who are safe to receive the vaccine) once the supply of the flu vaccine becomes more available.

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