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Do I need permission from my doctor to get the flu shot?

Some people should not get a flu vaccine without first talking to their doctor. Below are some examples:

  • If you have a moderate-to-severe illness with or without a fever, you should wait until you recover to get the flu vaccine.
  • People with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) that occurred after receiving influenza vaccine and who are not at risk for severe illness from influenza should generally not receive the vaccine. Tell your doctor if you ever had GBS. Your doctor will help you decide whether the vaccine is recommended for you.
  • The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women and people with medical conditions, except in rare cases. Ask your doctor if the flu vaccine is safe for you.
  • Those giving the vaccination should ask you questions before it is given to make sure you do not have any allergies to the vaccine or reasons you should not be vaccinated. You generally should not get the flu vaccine if you have previously had a severe allergic reaction to the influenza vaccine or any of its ingredients.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.