Who needs vaccine against regular winter flu, and who should be first in line for the swine flu shot? There's lots of overlap.
Regular flu vaccine is available now, and people who need it most include:
—Adults 50 and older;
—All children age 6 months to 18 years;
—People of any age with chronic health problems like asthma, heart disease or a weakened immune system;
—Caregivers to the high-risk, including babies younger than 6 months.
Don't like shots? There's a nasal spray version of the vaccine, called FluMist, available for people ages 2 to 49.Once the swine flu vaccine starts arriving next month, the government says first in line will be:
—The young, from age 6 months up through age 24;
—Younger and middle-aged adults with those chronic health conditions.