Influenza

Influenza (Flu)

Adolescent Vaccination Recommendation: One dose annually.

About influenza

Influenza, also called the flu, is a contagious viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs, that can cause severe illness. Influenza and its complications are responsible for 3,000-49,000 US deaths each year, depending on the severity of the circulating viruses. The highest rate of influenza infection in the US is in school-aged children.

Influenza is spread easily from person to person. When someone who has the flu sneezes, coughs, or even talks, the virus passes into the air and may be breathed in by anyone close by. Influenza can cause serious complications in healthy people of all ages and particularly among people with pre-existing conditions. Influenza vaccine is needed every year for the best protection.

UPDATE: The updated recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) regarding the use of seasonal influenza vaccines is available at:  
Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines, 2017-2018. Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons age 6 months and older who do not have contraindications. A licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate vaccine should be used.


Resources

About Influenza

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Addressing the Challenges of Influenza Vaccination on US College Campuses (May 2016)

NFID report on challenges and strategies to increase influenza vaccination among college students

Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition

Flu and People with Asthma

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Immunization schedules for infants and children in easy-to-read formats

Keep Flu Out of School

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): Educational information and resources about flu prevention for teachers, students, and parents/guardians

Medical Office Telephone Evaluation of Patients with Possible Influenza

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Flowchart to help medical office staff identify when to initiate antiviral treatment

Pneumococcal Vaccination: Who Needs It?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Age 0 through 18 Years

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

What You Should Know for the 2015-2016 Influenza Season

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)