If you’re pregnant, the flu shot is not recommended for you. However, there are other options to protect yourself and your baby from getting the flu like staying home when you’re sick, washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, as well as using a mask when necessary.

You’ve had a Severe Allergic Reaction to the Vaccine in the Past

If you have had a severe allergic reaction in the past to whooping cough, measles or mumps vaccine, then it’s best not to get the flu shot. A milder reaction may still be worth checking out with a doctor.

Your Immune System is Compromised for any Reason

People with compromised immune systems (such as people on chemotherapy) should avoid taking the influenza vaccine because their immune systems can’t respond properly.

Again, there are many other ways to protect oneself from contracting the flu that don’t involve being vaccinated against it.

You have a Fever

Having a fever means that you will likely develop immunity on your own anyway so it’s best not to take on more risk of developing an infection by getting vaccinated against one just yet!