- Over 65s (some regions extend the recommendation to over 60s)
- Pregnant women (or those who are postpartum at the start of the epidemic season.)
- People with long-term health conditions including asthma, diabetes,
- Anyone aged between 6 months to 65 years of age suffering from chronic diseases affecting the respiratory, cardio-circulatory, intestinal or neuromuscular systems, diabetes and severe obesity, chronic renal or adrenal insufficiency, hematopoietic organ diseases, tumors, immunosuppression drug induced or diseases such as HIV, hepatitis.
- Residents of long-term care facilities.
- Relatives and contacts (adults and children) of those at high risk of complications (regardless of whether the person at risk has been vaccinated or not).
- Doctors and health personnel.
- Police and firefighers
- Blood donors
Anyone who does not fall into the above categories can buy a vaccine at a pharmacy, costing about €25, and have it inoculated by their doctor.
According to the Ministry of Health, “the flu vaccine is advised for all those who wish to avoid the flu and who do not have specific contraindications, after consulting their doctor.”
What about children?
While free vaccines are available for children in the US, UK, Canada, and several European countries, this is not the case nationwide in Italy.
At the moment, only a few regions in Italy offer free vaccination to children and adolescents who do not have long-term health conditions. Check with your doctor or local ASL (Azienda Sanitaria Locale, or local health office) on the rules where you are.