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. It is a serious infection that affects between 5-20% of the US population annually. During the 2017-2018 season, an estimated 900,000 individuals were hospitalized and nearly 80,000 deaths occurred in the US from flu and flu-related complications. 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.


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

National Survey on College Students & Flu

National survey conducted by Harris Poll suggests a combination of education, access, and incentives may help increase flu vaccination on college campuses

Flu and People with Asthma

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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)