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: On June 22, 2016, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended a change to US influenza vaccination policy for 2016-2017. ACIP voted that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. ACIP continues to recommend annual flu vaccination, with either the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) or recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV), for all individuals age 6 months and older.  


About Influenza

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition

College Flu Reports

National Social Norms Institute at the University of Virginia (NSNI): Reports of Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) at Student Health Centers

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)